TOLEDO, Ohio - February 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Marco's Pizza, the fastest growing pizza franchise in the U.S., is proud to announce the opening of its 100th location with its largest franchisee, Family Video. The nation's leading privately owned movie and game retailer began its partnership with Marco's Pizza in 2012, putting kitchens alongside its video rental stores. The milestone location held its grand opening celebration on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 at 1130 S. Commercial St. in Neenah, Wis.
"With its unique property ownership model and service-oriented culture, joining forces with Family Video has been a seamless venture that has enabled us to expedite our expansion plans while further setting Marco's Pizza apart in the burgeoning pizza segment."
The Marco's Pizza-Family Video connection takes convenience to a whole new level, offering the pickup or delivery of both pizza and a movie. Together, they experienced a phenomenal year of growth in 2014 with the opening of 52 locations. Since joining forces, Family Video has experienced a substantial increase in customers and sales, while Marco's Pizza has more than doubled its national footprint. Sharing almost an identical customer base and service approach, the partnership will continue to flourish as more than 150 conversions are projected for the next four years, creating more than 2,000 new jobs and making pizza-and-a-movie a household staple in America.
"This exciting partnership has transformed Family Video into a 'one-stop shop' for dinner and entertainment, while maximizing the potential of our locations. Together, we're creating value and convenience for our customers by offering both services available in the same place," said Keith Hoogland, President of Family Video. "Reaching this milestone signifies a bright future as we continue to revolutionize the movie rental industry with the backing of the nation's fastest growing pizza franchise."
Having both locations under one roof gives customers the unique ability to pick up their movies and dinner without having to make multiple stops. The authentic Italian pizza chain has an order window inside most Family Video locations for easy carryout service. For the delivery customer, Family Video offers delivery of movies with online pizza orders, providing busy families a more convenient way to enjoy fresh, artisan pizza and their favorite movie in the comfort of their own home.
"We could not be more pleased with the joint success of our innovative partnership," said Bryon Stephens, President and COO of Marco's Pizza. "With its unique property ownership model and service-oriented culture, joining forces with Family Video has been a seamless venture that has enabled us to expedite our expansion plans while further setting Marco's Pizza apart in the burgeoning pizza segment."
Marco's Pizza serves the expanding $40 billion U.S. pizza market that continues to grow at a rate of 1-2 percent per year. With plans to open 175 new stores this year, averaging one new store opening every other day, the company is on track to quadruple its store count in the coming 5-7 years.
For more information on the Marco's Pizza-Family Video partnership and employment opportunities, please visit www.marcos.com and www.familyvideo.com.
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 marcosfranchising.com.
Family Video is the largest movie and game rental chain in the United States, operating more than 780 stores in 19 states and Canada. The company has developed more than 600 retail strip centers, with tenants ranging from Fortune 500 companies to local community retailers. For more information or a list of store locations, visit familyvideo.com.
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