Marco’s Pizza Franchise to Expand in Greater Cincinnati Area

One of the fastest-growing pizza franchise chains in America looks to partner with entrepreneurs in Greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana


Marco’s Pizza® franchise is looking for Greater Cincinnati area entrepreneurs to open restaurants like this one.

When you hear, “Cincinnati,” you may think of baseball, chili and the late ’70s sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati.” But there’s much more to this growing and diverse city. Tourists, sports fans and career professionals make up almost 277,000 people who feast on pizza daily. Marco’s Pizza franchise wants to partner with entrepreneurs in the area who want a piece of the Cincinnati pie.

According to, this city is the 20th-fastest-growing region among the United States’ largest metro economies. Its growth comes from a wide range of industries — legal, accounting, architectural, engineering, advertising and other services — and the city has plenty of tourists coming to visit attractions like the zoo and museums or to enjoy a Reds or Bengals game, a minor league hockey game, or a NASCAR race. All of these people need food, and the American go-to staple is pizza. Marco’s Pizza is ready to meet the need.

Marco’s Pizza currently has 24 locations in Cincinnati with 12 more locations available. New business owners will benefit from Marco’s Pizza franchise’s established brand and regional marketing but still have an opportunity to get in early. Unlike other large pizza chains that have oversaturated markets, Marco’s Pizza has plenty of locations that franchisees have yet to tap into.

Marco’s Pizza is growing faster than the overall industry

Marco’s Pizza has the fastest unit growth among large pizza franchises, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. The publication named the pizza franchise to its Second 100 List, which analyzes businesses that are smaller but are focusing on growing around the nation.

The publication states that while the pizza industry is mature and growth is limited, Marco’s is the exception. Marco’s Pizza is growing faster than other pizza franchises and on pace to open its 1,000th location by the end of 2017. Its sales growth also is higher than any other pizza franchise.

Marco’s Pizza franchise seeks friendly, passionate entrepreneurs in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana

Founded in Toledo in 1978, Marco’s Pizza is the only Top 20 pizza chain started by a native Italian.

Marco’s Pizza wants franchisees who love our product. The franchise is looking for welcoming, friendly individuals who remember customers’ names and are passionate about quality, Italian-style pizza.

“Our franchisees come from a remarkably wide variety of backgrounds. But there’s a common thread among our franchisees — passion for the Marco’s product. Almost half of them were Marco’s consumers first. They fell in love with our product,” said Cameron Cummins, Chief Development Officer for Marco’s Pizza.

The investment required to start a Marco’s Pizza franchise is typically about $350,000. The pizza franchise is looking for people who have a net worth of $350,000 and a minimum liquidity of $100,000.

How does Marco’s Pizza franchise support its owners?

Candidates don’t have to have previous restaurant experience to open a Marco’s Pizza. Drive, commitment and the ability to learn is all it takes; Marco’s provides its franchisees all the ingredients they need to be successful.

Marco's Pizza franchise requires passion

Franchisees attend a six-week training program called Marco’s University where franchisees learn how to make the perfect pizza in state-of-the-art kitchens.

The company runs a six-week training program called Marco’s University where franchisees learn how to make the perfect pizza in state-of-the-art kitchens. They roll up their sleeves and are shown how Marco’s Pizza is a cut above the rest — from learning to make the scratch-made dough to measuring out the exact portions of delectable sauce, cheese and toppings.

In addition to learning about the product and how it’s made, Marco’s franchisees get instruction on how to manage the business side of the franchise. They learn how to train their staff, about finances, market analysis, insurance requirements, leasing issues and marketing.

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