‘Forbes’ Names Marco’s Pizza Franchise One of America’s Best

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Marco’s ranked in top two of U.S. franchises in the medium-size segment

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Marco’s Pizza® franchise continues receiving national accolades, making prestigious Forbes magazine’s annual America’s Best Franchises to Buy list. Boasting our five-year growth rate of 24 percent and average initial investment of $384,092, Marco’s Pizza was ranked as the No. 2 franchise to buy in 2016 in the medium-size segment, which is categorized as franchises with entry costs ranging from $150,001 to $500,000.

marcos-list-forbes-logoThe Forbes “America’s Best and Worst Franchises to Buy” list was created from performance and revenue metrics compiled and analyzed by FRANdata, a research and consulting firm that focuses on studying the comparative performance of franchise brands. Each company was analyzed and ranked by cost of initial investment (economy: up to $150,000; coach: between $150,001 and $500,000; first-class: $500,001 and up), five-year growth rates, five-year continuity rates and consistency of ownership. FRANdata also considers the level of franchisee support provided by the franchisor.

“It is a tremendous honor to be named the top 2 best U.S. franchise in our segment,” says Marco’s President and COO Bryon Stephens. “We are extremely proud of the success Marco’s Pizza has achieved on both a franchisor and franchisee level in 2016 and are excited to continue our growth so that next year, we can reach No. 1.”

Marco’s on pace to have 1,000 locations by end of 2017

The high accolades, which put our brand ahead of competitor Jet’s Pizza on the list, are a testament to our continued exponential growth in 2016, with a new store opening, on average, every other day. Earlier this year, we opened our milestone 700th store following one of the strongest first quarters in company history. We are on track to reach 800 locations by the end of 2016 and 1,000 locations by the end of 2017.

Forbes noted that in addition to our consistently adding new locations, we continue to grow and develop through initiatives such as the recently introduced apprenticeship program aimed at recruiting veterans into the franchise system and putting them on the fast track to business ownership. Spearheaded by Vice President, Veterans Program and Recruitment Scott Quagliata, the veteran-focused program will soon expand to include the general public and qualified candidates from Marco’s existing pool of employees, further strengthening the brand with like-minded, dedicated individuals. Scott is a 20-year U.S. Army veteran. Entrepreneur magazine ranks Marco’s Pizza among the Top Franchises for Veterans, and we are a proud participant in the International Franchise Association’s VetFran Program, which offers veterans a discount on their initial license fee.

Build your success on ours

Founded in Toledo, Ohio, in 1978, Marco’s Pizza has become one of the nation’s fastest-growing large pizza franchises. Our homemade recipes and fresh ingredients are in the Italian tradition, and we are the only top 20 pizza franchise in the country that was founded by a native Italian. We are led by veteran pizza executives who have experience growing brands and supporting franchisees as they grow their businesses.

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If you’re dreaming of owning a pizza franchise, or even several at once, Marco’s may be the perfect place for you to thrive.

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