Marco’s Pizza Moves Up on the ‘Franchise Times’ Top 200+ Franchise Chains List

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Marco’s Pizza franchise continues to rack up industry accolades as we close in on 1,000 stores by the end of 2017

Marco’s Pizza® ’s sales growth and expansion continues to seal our status as one of the fastest-growing pizza brands in the nation. Leading industry publication Franchise Times ranks Marco’s as 160 on its newest Top 200+ list. This marks the 20th anniversary of the prestigious annual ranking, which is the biggest of the year for Franchise Times. The Top 200+ list ranks franchise systems based on their worldwide system sales and locations, considered by many to be the most respected ranking lists in the industry.

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Marco’s Pizza prides itself on making the best delivery pizza money can buy, and our growth is testament to our devoted fans nationwide. Marco’s Pizza is handmade in the Italian tradition, using fresh, never-frozen cheeses, making the dough by hand in stores daily and using only premium meats and vegetables. Founded in Toledo in 1978, Marco’s is the only Top 20 pizza chain founded by a native Italian. Our pizza franchise has enjoyed tremendous growth in recent years and is on pace to have 1,000 restaurants open by the end of 2017.

“It’s very humbling to represent a brand that receives industry accolades time and again. The sales and growth milestones we are accomplishing together as the Marco’s family are due to the hard work and dedication of our network of franchisees, as well as our area reps, our support center staff and from the young men and young women who are running our stores, making our delicious pizza and providing the best service possible to our customers,” says President, Bryon Stephens.

The awards we are receiving illustrates that we are a sound business choice for entrepreneurs, as well as a delicious choice for thousands of satisfied customers who crave our authentic Italian pizza.

Marco’s Pizza moves up on ‘Franchise Times’ ranking

Marco’s moved up on the Franchise Times ranking 20 spots to 160th, compared to 180th in 2015. The Times also ranked franchise brands by top sales and unit growth. Marco’s made the top 10 list for each, coming in at 9th (with 23.5% growth) on the Top 10 Sales Growth by Percentage list, and 5th (with 17.8% growth) on the Top 10 Unit Growth by Percentage list.

2016 has been an award-winning year for Marco’s Pizza® as our fast-growing brand continues to rack up industry awards as well as praise from our franchisees and fans of our pizza. Our authentic, high-quality pizza and scalable business model are getting coverage from national publications such as Forbes, Consumer Reports and Entrepreneur, which included Marco’s Pizza on its prestigious Franchise 500 list for 2016. Likewise, industry publications such as Franchise Business Review recognize our growth momentum, selecting us as a top franchise opportunity for 2016.

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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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