Nation's Fastest-Growing Pizza Franchise Rises to the Top in Texas

Marco's Pizza Reveals Aggressive Growth Strategy for Houston Throughout 2014

HOUSTON - Feb. 12, 2014 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // - Marco's Pizza, the fastest-growing pizza franchise in the United States, is targeting Houston for growth in 2014. With eight franchise locations already open and operating in the Houston area, the company has announced plans to have 100 total franchise locations open throughout the Houston market over the next five years, serving up its authentic Italian pizza. The new franchise locations will create more than 1,000 new jobs.

Marco's Pizza area representative Robert Pina will open his own stores, as well as recruit qualified franchise owners to open locations throughout Houston. Pina expects the next store to open at the end of March. With more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, he opened his first Subway franchise at the age of 28 and proceeded to open 12 additional stores. Furthermore, he owned two CiCi's Pizza stores in the 1990's and also nearly 20 Wings 'N More restaurants.

"Pizza lovers in Houston will quickly find out that Marco's Pizza is unlike any other pizza franchise out there," said Pina. "Our product is hands-down the best quality and our customer service outmatches the competition. In addition to offering truly authentic Italian pizza to area consumers, we're providing an outstanding business opportunity for potential franchisees."

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, known for its fresh never-frozen dough made daily on site, a proprietary cheese blend that is fresh never frozen and a secret pizza sauce recipe. Marco's Pizza has nearly 450 units open across the country and is on track to hit the 500 mark by mid-2014. In fact, Marco's Pizza has opened 104 new restaurants in 2013 and has plans to open 200 new restaurants this year. With 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.

Averaging at least one store opening every other day, the franchise is offering prospects exciting opportunities to be a part of the company's nationwide growth. For more information on Marco's Pizza franchising opportunities, visit www.marcosfranchising.com.

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 425 stores in 32 states, and the Bahamas. Marco's Pizza recently ranked 11th place in the "2012 Pizza Industry Top 100 Movers & Shakers" by PizzaMarketPlace.com. To inquire about franchise opportunities with Marco's Pizza visit marcosfranchising.com.

Contact:

Stacy Rubenstein
Fishman PR
847-945-1300
srubenstein@fishmanpr.com

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