Nation's Fastest Growing Pizza Franchise to Break Ground in India

TOLEDO, Ohio - August 05, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Marco's Pizza, the fastest-growing pizza franchise in the United States, recently announced its first franchise deal in India with plans to open 400 stores over the next 10 years.

Leading the expansion in India are DJ Patel and Monaliza Patel who have a combined 33 plus years of experience working in the pizza and franchise sectors. DJ Patel is a successful area developer for Marco's Pizzawho oversees 40 Marco's Pizza units in Georgia, Maryland, DC, Virginia and now India. Likewise, Monaliza Patel is also an area representative and partners with DJ to co-manage stores in Atlanta and the Southern Georgia region.

“We are thrilled to launch operations in an untapped market such as India with two phenomenal Marco's Pizza area representatives native to the area,” said Bryon Stephens, President and COO of Marco's Pizza. “We look forward to the expansion goals DJ and Monaliza have put in place in India, based on their sound market research, with their first store opening before the close of the year.”

Marco's Pizza's recipe for growth has been a culmination of a robust authentic product, a strong community image, and a mission to delight customers. As the only national franchise chain founded by a native Italian, Marco's Pizza has carved out a niche in the industry as experts in authentic Italian pizza. With 500 locations strong and more than 1,500 new franchise deals signed in 2013, the company is on track to quadruple its store count in the coming 5-7 years.

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About Marco's Pizza 

Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Marco's Pizza (Marco's Franchising, LLC) is the fastest-growing pizza company in the U.S. (based on the number of stores signed into development since 2007). Marco's was founded in 1978 by Italian born, Pasquale (“Pat”) Giammarco and thrives by making Italian Pizza with fresh ingredients. The company has grown from its roots as a beloved Ohio brand to operate more than 500 stores in 35 states, and the Bahamas. Marco's Pizza recently took the no. 3 spot in Consumer Reports' pizza category restaurant rankings and was no. 8 on Franchise Times' “2014 Fast and Serious” list. To inquire about franchise opportunities with Marco's Pizza visit

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Holly Kleese
Fishman Public Relations
847-945-1300 x257


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