Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (referred to as the “Company,” “Domino’s” or in the first person notations of “we,” “us” and “our”) is the number one pizza delivery company in the United States, based on reported consumer spending, and has a leading presence internationally. We pioneered the pizza delivery business and have built the Domino’s Pizza ® brand into one of the most widely-recognized consumer brands in the world. Together with our franchisees, we have supported the Domino’s Pizza ® brand with an estimated $1.4 billion in domestic advertising spending over the past five years. We operate through a network of 8,366 Company-owned and franchise stores, located in all 50 states and in more than 50 countries. In addition, we operate 17 regional dough manufacturing and distribution centers in the contiguous United States and six dough manufacturing and distribution centers outside the contiguous United States. The foundation of our system-wide success and leading market position is our strong relationships with our franchisees, comprised of over 2,000 owner-operators dedicated to the success of our Company and the Domino’s Pizza ® brand.
As of December 28, 2008, we had approximately 10,500 employees, who we refer to as team members, in our Company-owned stores, supply chain centers, World Resource Center (our corporate headquarters) and regional offices. As franchisees are independent business owners, they and their employees are not included in our employee count. We consider our relationship with our employees and franchisees to be good. We estimate the total number of people who work in the Domino’s Pizza system, including our employees, franchisees and the employees of franchisees, was over 175,000 as of December 28, 2008.