July 08, 2016 // Franchising.com // Virginia – Marco’s Pizza, the fastest-growing pizza franchise in the United States, continues its growth in Virginia with plans to introduce six new locations through strategic franchise partnerships, creating more than 150 new jobs throughout the state. Currently there are two locations open in Virginia, with the additional locations under development and projected to be open and operating within the next six months.
The new Marco’s Pizza locations will open under the leadership of Joe Walker, a military veteran who joined the Marco’s Pizza team just five years ago, after four years of activity duty in the U.S. Army, including tours in Iraq. Now, Walker owns a total of 16 Marco’s Pizza locations with an additional four in various stages of development. As a resident of South Carolina, Walker is eager to use his leadership skills and expertise to grow the brand across state lines.
“With a history of success developing Marco’s Pizza locations in multiple states, I look forward to expanding our growth across Virginia and sharing this delicious product with even more people,” said Walker. “I’m excited to help local business leaders introduce this growing concept to their community. Our product and customer service caters perfectly to the Virginian demographics, and we are always looking for new franchisees to welcome to our growing Marco’s Pizza family.”
Targeted development markets in Virginia, which Walker and other Area Representatives are actively seeking franchise partners for, include Ironbridge, Charlottesville and Richmond. Currently there is one lease signed in Mechanicsville.
“With a supportive pro-business climate and a large, highly skilled labor force, Virginia is a prime location for growth in local communities,” said Cameron Cummins, chief development officer at Marco’s Pizza. “We are still at the ground floor of our development in Virginia, making it an exciting expansion region for us. Our development team is poised for success and we’re eager to expand our footprint throughout key markets in this untapped state.”
As the only national franchise chain founded by a native Italian, Marco’s Pizza has carved out a niche in the industry as the expert in authentic Italian pizza, known for its fresh never-frozen dough made daily on site, a proprietary cheese blend that is fresh never-frozen and a secret pizza sauce recipe. The 700-plus unit company is poised to reach 1,000 locations in 2017. Marco’s Pizza continues to open an average of one new store every third day, more than doubling its size in less than five years.
For more information on Marco’s Pizza franchising opportunities, visit www.marcosfranchising.com or call 800-836-2074.
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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