Marco's Pizza® Adds Experienced Team to Fuel Multi-Unit Franchise Growth
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Marco's Pizza® Adds Experienced Team to Fuel Multi-Unit Franchise Growth

Marco's Pizza® Adds Experienced Team to Fuel Multi-Unit Franchise Growth

To support Marco’s Pizza and its unparalleled growth trajectory, the nation’s fastest-growing pizza brand* strengthens its development team with recently appointed Chief Development Officer, Gerardo Flores, in addition to David Gladstone – VP of Construction and Paul Williams – VP of Real Estate. 

Collectively, this team boasts more than seven decades worth of experience, working for growth brands such as Jersey Mike’s, Starbucks and Tropical Smoothie Café. For Marco’s, they will lead U.S. and International growth strategies, streamlining the development process and fueling expansion.

“We are strengthening the development team at a time when growth is a key strategic business priority as the brand looks to its next 1,000 units,” said Flores. “Our goal is to make an immediate impact by improving processes that help grow the brand faster and more efficiently. Initial priorities are to solidify the team and make all three pillars – Sales, Real Estate, Construction – work seamlessly together. With this, I have full confidence we’ll be able to actualize our development goals while expanding with franchisees who embrace our People-First approach to business.”

Marco’s currently spans 1,100-plus stores across 33 states with locations in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Franchise expansion continues to accelerate with more than 200 stores in various stages of development with more than 350 agreements signed – all while achieving record-breaking performance, surpassing $1B in annual systemwide sales.

The development team continues to find new, cost-saving opportunities to keep the initial up-front investment affordable including smaller footprints, pickup windows, tools that accelerate the new store opening process and more, creating operational efficiencies that improve the overall guest experience and grow sales.

Marco’s is on track to rise in the ranks as Nation’s Restaurant News Top 500 Report shows the brand achieved the highest percent year-over-year sales change (+18.2%) when compared to the nation’s top 4 pizza brands**, making Marco’s the No. 5 pizza brand in systemwide sales in America. With strong growth and performance, Marco’s now sets its sights on becoming the No. 4 brand in pizza as it experienced a 12.8% increase in year-over-year Average Unit Volume (AUV), and the Top 50% of Marco’s franchised stores generated $1,198,201 AUV for 2021***.

“We’ve set forth aggressive franchise development growth goals, and bringing in strong leaders is paramount to deliver on our future success,” said Tony Libardi, Co-CEO & president of Marco’s Pizza. “With decades of increasingly successful franchise experience in the quick-service restaurant industry, Gerardo and his team bring a vision and growth business mindset as we continue to expand across the country and beyond.”

With prime territories available for development, Marco’s provides a full development support system, including technology and tools to help identify the right territories for expansion plus expertise in financing, real estate, construction management, and field operations, to assist franchisees and multi-unit operators.

For more information on Marco’s Pizza franchise opportunities, visit or call 866-731-8209 to speak with Shannon Iverson, Vice President of Franchise Sales.

*Marco’s Pizza is the fastest-growing pizza brand based on year-over-year unit growth, according to 2021 NRN Top 500 U.S. Restaurant Ranking LSR Pizza Segment.

**Nation’s Restaurant News partnered with Datassential and its Firefly data platform to provide an in-depth look at the performance across the Top 500 restaurant chains.

***Based on the Average Unit Volume of the top 50% of our Franchised Stores for fiscal year 2021. Based on fiscal year 2021, 146 of 389 Franchised Stores in the category (38%) met or exceeded this average. This information appears in Item 19 of our 2022 FDD – please refer to our FDD for complete information on financial performance. Results may differ. There is no assurance that any franchisee will perform as well.

Marco's Pizza®
Marco's Pizza is the nation's fastest-growing pizza brand* with 1,100+ stores and counting. It is America's No. 5 pizza brand based on annual systemwide sales*. Marco's seeks growth-minded franchisees to join our accelerating brand. Learn More

Published: November 2nd, 2022

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