TOLEDO, OH - (Marketwired - Aug 18, 2015) - To meet the growing demand for pizza in the Ocala, Florida, metropolitan area, Marco's Pizza® franchise is seeking to partner with entrepreneurs who want a slice of the action.
Just how big is the demand for pizza in Ocala, Florida? The Department of Agriculture recently published a study on American eating habits that found that on any given day, 13% of the entire U.S. population is eating pizza. When applied to the Ocala, Florida, metropolitan area -- population 331,000 -- that means that every day, more than 43,000 people around Ocala are eating pizza.
With Marco's Pizza, those 43,000 people can have the best. Marco's prides itself in making the best pizza money can buy. We hand-make it in the Italian tradition, using fresh, never-frozen cheeses, making the dough in stores daily and using only premium meats and vegetables. Founded in Toledo in 1978, Marco's is the only Top 20 pizza chain founded by a native Italian. Marco's has enjoyed stunning growth in recent years and is on pace to open 1,000 restaurants by the end of 2016.
"Our franchisees come from a remarkably wide variety of backgrounds. But there's a common thread among our franchisees -- passion for the Marco's product. Almost half of them were Marco's consumers first. They fell in love with our product," said Cameron Cummins, Vice President of Development for Marco's Pizza. "We're looking forward to partnering with like-minded entrepreneurs in Ocala, Florida."
Marco's Pizza has the fastest-growing unit growth, according to Nation's Restaurant News, who named the beloved pizza franchise as part of its Second 100 List, which analyzes businesses that are smaller but are focusing on growing around the nation.
The publication states that while the pizza industry is mature and growth is limited, Marco's is the exception. Not only are we growing faster than other pizza franchises, adding an additional 141 locations to total 578 around the country, our sales growth also is higher than any other pizza franchise. The publication reports that our sales grew a remarkable 41.3 percent from the previous year, making our growth tops for system-wide sales in the Second 100 pizza segment.
Starting out at Marco's Pizza franchise doesn't require previous restaurant business experience. New franchisees will spend about six weeks in a Marco's University pizza store, learning how to make the dough from scratch and how much sauce, cheese and toppings to put on each pizza. There's a science to the perfect dough, and the brand shares it with its owners in its state-of-the-art kitchen.
Business skills are also on the training agenda: conflict management, leadership, financing, market analysis, insurance requirements, and leasing issues. The brand provides guidance in every area of running a Marco's Pizza franchise with the goal of ensuring the success of its owners. To that end, if franchisees aren't quite ready at the end of six weeks to run their own operations, they may spend another two weeks in the training store to build skills and confidence.
Marco's opened its 500th location in 2013, its 600th restaurant in 2014, and is on pace to open its 1,000th location in early 2017. The investment required to start a Marco's Pizza® franchise investment is typically about $350,000. The pizza franchise is looking for people who have a net worth of $150,000 and a minimum liquidity of $100,000. The brand wants people in Ocala, Florida, who understand and believe in the Marco's product -- welcoming, sociable people who remember customers' names and welcome them as they walk into the restaurant. Marco's is the perfect opportunity for people who are self-motivated and who want to be their own boss while making a difference in Ocala.
To learn more, visit www.marcosfranchising.com.
SOURCE Marco's Pizza
Vice President of Franchise Development