February 01, 2017 // Franchising.com // TOLEDO, Ohio - After closing out the year with 779 open stores and almost half a billion dollars in system-wide sales, Marco’s Pizza recently secured its place as the top franchise in the pizza segment in the Entrepreneur Franchise 500. The fastest-growing pizza franchise in the United States ranked No. 38 overall on the notable annual list of franchise brands.
The ranking represents a jump of 43 spots from last year, a testament to Marco’s ability to sustain exponential year-over-growth while remaining committed to Best in Class customer service. With 12 consecutive quarters of positive same store-sales growth, expanding the franchise system at an average rate of 23 percent over the past five years, Marco’s Pizza is poised for continued market dominance in 2017.
“We reached several growth milestones in 2016, but at the same time focused significant energy to enhance operations and support our franchisees,” said Bryon Stephens, president of Marco’s Pizza. “All of the accomplishments have been a collaborative effort of our incredible franchise partners, home office team, store employees and superior vendors. It all happens within a culture of accountability.”
In addition to growth and operational improvements, Marco’s Pizza also invested resources in philanthropy, such as the creation of the Slice of Support foundation. The foundation is designed to provide financial support for Marco’s Pizza team members who are facing personal or family hardship and raises funds for a variety of external charitable causes in local communities. The company also rolled out a Veteran’s Recruitment Program designed to create paths of opportunity for aspiring military veteran entrepreneurs.
Opening a new store every three days, Marco’s Pizza is on track to add over 150 new locations this year and aims to have 1,500 locations open by 2020. Marco’s Pizza’s rapid growth is a result of its strong corporate backing, ability to take market share, unit-level profitability, high Italian food standards as well as capability to attract top talent among its franchisees and corporate staff.
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. 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 more than 750 stores in over 30 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 range 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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