June 30, 2016 // Franchising.com // TOLEDO, Oh. – Marco’s Pizza, the nation’s fastest growing pizza chain, has been ranked the No. 2 fastest growing chain in the United States on the Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN) Top 100 report with a 23.7 percent sales growth increase compared to last year. Marco’s also ranked No. 4 in total number of U.S. units growth with a 15.4 percent unit growth increase compared to last year.
The NRN Top 100 report, now in its 42nd year, ranks the largest restaurant chains and parent companies based on U.S. sales, unit counts, growth, market shares and other metrics. The annual, industry-leading report has been used as a benchmarking tool for restaurants, suppliers, distributors and analysts to track restaurant brands, private-equity ownership and segment growth or decline.
In NRN’s report, the overall pizza segment totaled $20 billion in U.S. sales, up 6.83 percent from last year. It also saw a total U.S. unit increase by 1.2 percent from 23,790 units a year ago to 24,076 units, and a 3.9 percent increase in average ESPU growth. Marco’s Pizza came out on top in both sales and unit growth categories, with system wide sales surpassing $417 million compared to $337.7 million last year.
“We are beyond thrilled to have made it onto NRN’s Top 100, and even more excited to be recognized as the No. 2 fastest growing chain,” said Bryon Stephens, Marco’s Pizza President and COO. “We have achieved this milestone through hard work and a team of dedicated individuals focused on both the success of our brand and fostering growing relationships with the customers in the communities we serve. We look forward to continued success in the years to come and sharing our product with even more people across neighborhoods nationwide.”
The rankings are a testament to Marco’s Pizza’s continued growth in 2016, with an average new store opening at a pace of every third day. On track to reach 1,000 locations in 2017, Marco’s is continuing its growth through a combination of strategic franchise partnerships and initiatives such as the recent introduction of a new apprenticeship program aimed at recruiting veterans into the franchise system and putting them on the fast track to business ownership. Spearheaded by U.S. Army veteran, Scott Quagliata, the veteran-focused program will soon be expanded to include the general public and qualified candidates from Marco’s existing pool of employees, further strengthening the brand with like-minded, dedicated individuals.
Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Marco’s Pizza is the fastest-growing pizza company in the United States (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 700 stores in 35 states, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and India. Most recently, Marco’s Pizza was ranked No. 2 on Forbes’ Top 10 Franchises to Invest In in the medium investment rage and the No. 2 fastest growing U.S. chain on the Nation’s Restaurant News Top 100 report. To inquire about franchise opportunities with Marco’s Pizza visit marcosfranchising.com.
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