Hungates, Inc. was founded in 1972 in Greenville, NC as a single retail store selling art materials, craft supplies, and hobby goods. Beginning in 1974, the company began to expand and multiple locations were added over the years in Wilmington, NC, Raleigh, NC, Durham, NC, Greensboro, NC, Virginia Beach, Va, Chapel Hill, NC, Newport News, Va, Roanoke, Va, Winston-Salem, NC, Cary, NC, Lynchburg, Va, High Point, NC and Richmond, Va.


During the eighties, the company founded S & R Distributing Company, a wholesale subsidiary company,   and built a warehouse & distribution facility in Greenville, NC. A mail-order catalog division was also begun - Ott's Art & Drafting Supply. Several years later an internet sales division was started to facilitate sales on Amazon, ebay, and a Hungates.com website.


In late 2008 the company and all it's subsidiaries were liquidated and the company ceased operations.