TOLEDO, Ohio - August 27, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - After years of exponential growth in the United States, the rest of the world is catching Marco’s Pizza fever. The nation’s fastest growing pizza franchise is taking its biggest step yet in international expansion by partnering with World Franchise Associates to build the brand’s global portfolio.
Marco’s Pizza recently signed an agreement with World Franchise Associates, an international franchise development firm that supports qualified candidates in acquiring area-development, multi-unit, master and multi-country agreements, that will bring the “Ah!thentic” Italian pizza franchise to many of the fastest growing franchise countries, including assisting with a deal in progress for the GCC/Gulf States and North Africa. World Franchise Associates will act as a guiding force in pairing Marco’s Pizza with qualified master franchisees throughout some of the fastest growing franchise regions in the world.
“The continuous demand from potential international franchisees has impelled Marco’s Pizza to develop a plan for international growth much earlier than anticipated,” said Bryon Stephens, Marco’s Pizza President and COO. “Qualified franchisee after qualified franchisee came knocking on our door to ask when they will be able introduce our growing pizza brand to their home country, and now is the time. We are confident that World Franchise Associates will help usher in a new era for growth and development at Marco’s Pizza.”
Demand for Marco’s Pizza on an international level stems from the brand’s rapid growth stateside. A new Marco’s Pizza is opening every other day with the 700th location on track to open before year’s end. The full throttle growth can be attributed to its strong corporate backing, ability to take market share, unit-level profitability, and high Italian food standards as well as its capability to attract top talent among its franchisees and corporate staff. As a result, Marco’s Pizza experienced a 41 percent system-wide net sales increase in 2014 and has recently received high praise from Forbes. In the magazine’s annual list of the best and worst franchises in the nation, Marco’s Pizza ranked as the third best franchise among chains with entry costs of $150,001 and $500,000. Additionally, Marco’s Pizza was named the second fastest growing large chain in the country by Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2015 Second 100 report.
As the only national franchise chain founded by a native Italian, the company has made a name for itself in the bourgeoning industry by producing fresh, authentic, handmade pizza, known for its fresh dough made daily on site, a proprietary cheese blend that is fresh never-frozen, and a secret pizza sauce recipe.
For more information on national and international franchise opportunities, visit marcosfranchising.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 600 stores in 35 states, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico. Marco’s Pizza was named the second fastest growing large chain in the country by Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2015 Second 100 report showcasing up-and-coming brands most resonating with consumers and catching the attention of competitors, and also recently took the no. 3 spot in Forbes list of “The Best Franchises to Buy in 2015” for franchises with an initial investment of $150,000 to $500,000. In addition, Marco’s Pizza again took the no. 3 spot in Consumer Reports’ pizza category restaurant rankings and was no. 8 on Franchise Times’ “2015 Fast and Serious” list. To inquire about franchise opportunities with Marco’s Pizza visit marcosfranchising.com.
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