TOLEDO, OH - (Marketwired - Nov 3, 2015) - Marco's Pizza franchise owner Ben DiQuattro's new location in Clarksville, Tennessee, is the fast-growing pizza brand's 20th location in Tennessee.
The new, 1,800-square-foot space that seats 30 customers is at 2485 Fort Campbell Blvd. The location also has carryout and delivery. The store's Oct. 3 grand opening featured games for kids, drawings for free pizzas for a year and samples of menu items.
"We are thrilled the community is taking such a liking to us," said DiQuattro, 24, about being able to open his second franchise in town. He opened his first franchise in February on Tiny Town Road.
"Tennessee is one of the few states where all markets -- from Chattanooga to Memphis to the Nashville area -- are growing just as fast," said Cameron Cummins, Marco's Pizza vice president of franchise development. "We have a lot of momentum."
There are plans to open five to 10 more stores in Middle Tennessee in 2016, Cummins said.
Marco's Pizza, a fast-growing pizza franchise, prides itself in making the best delivery pizza money can buy. Marco's pizza is handmade 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 have 1,000 restaurants by early 2017.
Marco's Pizza Area Representative Stuart Field believes the pizza franchise is doing so well in Tennessee because the demographics match up, the price is right and the quality of the product is good.
DiQuattro agreed: "The product is truly superior. The product will blow you away. We have made-from-scratch dough and cheese that is never frozen. It sells itself. The best marketing is our product."
And unlike Pizza Hut, Domino's and Little Caesars -- who have many locations -- the fast-growing Marco's Pizza franchise has plenty of room to expand. The brand, started by native Italian Pasquale "Pat" Giammarco, operates stores in 35 states and in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and India. Nation's Restaurant News ranked Marco's 144 out of its top 200 restaurant chains, and also as the eighth-fastest growing chain in 2015. With a new location opening every other day, Marco's Pizza franchise is on track to open their 700th location before the end of 2015.
"It is a great business to be in," said DiQuattro, who has his two brothers, Tad and Mark, and his sister, Laura Hammonds, working for him. He has worked for Marco's Pizza franchise since high school and managed Marco's Pizza stores in South Carolina before starting his own franchise.
He wants others interested in owning a Marco's Pizza franchise to know that one can make a good income. Those interested in buying a Marco's can get corporate help with financing to start their franchise.
Marco's Pizza offers franchisees high-level support and continued training to provide them with every opportunity to be successful. The company also has great area representatives who help with getting a franchise up and rolling.
"It has been the most helpful thing," said DiQuattro of having a representative who has helped DiQuattro navigate all the legalities and permits of operating a Marco's Pizza in Clarksville, Tennessee.
"We have created a workplace for several individuals," said DiQuattro of his two Marco's Pizza franchises. "We have 60 to 70 employees between both stores. It is a great feeling to provide income for individuals, whether they are part-time or full time. We help them reach their goals. It is very rewarding."
And those jobs are likely to be stable ones. Pizza is a $40 billion a year industry, and PMQ Pizza Magazine estimates it will continue to grow. Citing Technomic's Pizza Consumer Trend Report, About.com reported 68 percent of consumers order carryout pizza at least once a month, and 45 percent order pizza for dine-in service monthly or more often.
To learn more, visit www.marcosfranchising.com.
SOURCE Marco's Pizza
Vice President of Franchise Development