Marco’s Pizza® ranks in Top 25 on Entrepreneur Franchise 500

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Our pizza franchise opportunities reached a record-high ranking amid growing sales, new locations and numerous awards from the industry and guests

Entrepreneur magazine has announced their 2018 Franchise 500, and Marco’s Pizza reached the top 25 among all categories in the rankings, a new record high for our pizza franchise opportunity. We were also ranked No. 9 on Franchise Gator’s 2018 Top 100 Franchises and No. 31 on their Fastest-Growing Franchises.

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That’s all thanks to the fantastic results we achieved and awards we’ve received in 2017:

Franchisee satisfaction

For a franchise brand to truly prosper, it needs to operate well at all levels. Comprehensive systems, tools and processes all help franchisees run strong operations, but performance really comes from people. That’s where Marco’s Pizza really shines.

Part of our culture involves creating a better path for a franchise’s employees to build their careers. That helps aid in employee retention and performance by rewarding dedication, talent and hard work, leading to even better results for franchise owners.

In fact, multiple franchisees got their starts working in Marco’s Pizza restaurants, including multi-unit franchisee Ashley Jones and 2017 Franchisee of the Year Joe Jaros, who has developed his own managers into partners as he’s opened new units in both Ohio and Florida.

A view across a redesigned Marco’s Pizza restaurant dining room, looking out toward the windows and door.
Our new restaurants offer a relaxing atmosphere and modern design to attract guests looking to dine in.

A future-focused vision for our pizza franchise opportunity

We’re a forward-thinking brand, because the competition is fierce and innovation helps us stay ahead of the competition.

We’ve worked directly with the American Restaurant Association to develop a new food cost forecasting tool. That helps us predict the fluctuations of commodity prices so we can plan marketing and specials that offer great values to guests, while keeping costs down for franchisees.

And to help franchisees earn more business, we’ve recently rolled out a redesign for our new restaurants, supplementing our brisk delivery and carryout business with an enhanced dine-in experience. That allows Marco’s owners to capture a piece of the rising market for fast-casual pizza franchises without sacrificing the convenience or quality we’ve already built a reputation on.

That’s what makes our brand strong and makes us one of the top pizza chains in the U.S.: the ability to adapt with the times when needed, while never losing sight of what’s made us a favorite among our guests for 40 years.

Learn more about the pizza franchise opportunity

Download our franchise report for in-depth details about why we’re one of the top pizza franchise opportunities in the U.S. You can also learn more by exploring our research pages, our franchise referral program or our recent feature articles.


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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