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Marco’s Pizza ® Reveals Aggressive Growth Strategy for the State Throughout 2013

Marco’s Pizza ®, the fastest-growing pizza company in the U.S., is targeting the entire sunshine state for growth in 2013. With 37 franchise locations already operating throughout Florida, the company expects to have an additional four stores open in the greater Miami area, three stores open in the Orlando/Jacksonville region and two additional stores open in the Naples/North Port area by the end of the first quarter. An additional two-to-three Florida Marco’s Pizza ® stores will open per month throughout the year.

Richard Higgins owns Marco's Pizza ® Franchise in FL
Richard Higgins owns Marco’s Pizza ® Franchise in FL

Marco’s Pizza ® has more than 340 stores in 26 states, the Bahamas and Panama. The franchise opened 61 new locations in 2012 and already signed agreements to open 104 more in 2013. The Marco’s Pizza ® franchise system took less than five years to more than double in size.

There are several factors driving the growth of Marco’s Pizza ® in the Florida market. The economy is beginning to slowly improve. Workers remain concerned about being laid off from large companies, but now have more income and personal incentive to own a franchise opportunity. Additionally, the commercial real estate market throughout Florida is ripe for expansion efforts. Sites are available and landlords are highly motivated to attract strong retail brands to their properties.

The Marco’s Pizza ® area reps responsible for growing the state have been in the region for several years and their efforts are reaping exponential rewards. Additionally, the brand has built relationships from attending events such as the Asian American Hotel Operators Association convention, thereby tapping into second and third generation entrepreneurs who are eager to live the American dream of business ownership.

“The single biggest reason for our growth is our food. We use fresh dough made daily on site, a proprietary cheese that is fresh never frozen and a secret pizza sauce recipe created by the Italian born founder with a little help from his father,” said Jack Butorac, Marco’s Pizza ® president and CEO. “Truly, the product is the star.”

Marco’s Pizza ® owes its success, in part, to a burgeoning $40 billion U.S. pizza market. The U.S. pizza category is growing at a rate of between 1 and 2 percent per year.

The Marco’s Pizza ® franchise opportunity is available to single and multi-unit franchise owners looking for business opportunities across the United States. To enable growth, in 2011 Marco’s Pizza ® launched a partnership with The Bancorp Bank (“Bancorp”), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: TBBK), and Franchise America Finance™. The partnership provides a small business lending outlet for prospective Marco’s Pizza ® franchise owners, as well as existing franchise owners who want to expand their portfolio by opening a second location. They are provided with up to $9 million to finance new franchise locations, to refinance current owners, and to finance the acquisition of existing stores.

About Marco’s Pizza ®

Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Marco’s Pizza ® (Marco’s Franchising, LLC) is the fastest-growing pizza company in the U.S. (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 340 stores in 26 states, the Bahamas and Panama. Marco’s Pizza ® recently ranked 11th place in the “2012 Pizza Industry Top 100 Movers & Shakers” article sent out by To inquire about franchise opportunities with Marco’s Pizza ® visit


  • Richard Shelby
    05/24/2013, 8:21 pm  

    “Have Fun While Helping The Homeless” Program

    “Have fun while helping the homeless program” based in Florida is designed to help people during these difficult times. It’s not only meant to help good people who have lost their jobs due to the economy and became homeless, but also those who are now struggling to make ends meet including families. People who at one time or other may have been regular customers of your business. You may offer whatever type of discount or bargain you feel your business can absorb. It will be displayed on the back of a card (plastic and the size of a credit card) and presented to you by customers who have purchased it. THERE IS NO COST TO YOU to advertise with us. We will also provide you with a sticker you may put on your door or wherever you choose stating “we accept the fun while helping the homeless card here.” Since there is no cost to you it’s a win, win situation all around. People who need help in saving whatever money they can nowadays get the pleasure of shopping in your facility and your business receives free advertising. The card will then be for sale at a reasonable cost locally and nationwide with all proceeds going to provide food, medical supplies, shelter and most importantly hope to the homeless and others in need. In the past, companies such as Subway, Supercuts, TGIF, AMC theatre, Baskin Robbins, Miami Subs and many others have supported this wonderful cause by offering specials for the purpose of this card. Please be the next company that people can call generous and caring.

    Thank you for your generosity and God Bless,

    Richard Shelby
    “Have Fun While Helping The Homeless” program

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