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Marco’s Pizza opens 900th store

Posted Apr 7th, 2018

Enthusiastic franchisees and passionate fans have taken us to a major growth milestone

Marco’s Pizza, one of the fastest-growing franchises in the country, recently opened its 900th location. The store opened in Hato Tejas, Puerto Rico, near San Juan.

Why are we growing so fast? The answer is simple – both our guests and franchisees love our pizza franchise, and that enthusiasm is contagious.

“We’re going to open as many new stores as possible over the next couple of years. I’m even becoming a franchisee myself because I believe so much in the brand,” says Rafael Vargas, Regional Operations Manager for Florida, Bahamas and Puerto Rico. “Every time a new franchisee signs an agreement, they get so excited that it becomes a chain reaction. The positive effect brings more franchisees into our system, and it inspires our existing franchisees to open more stores. They get hungry for more.”

‘A huge win’ for franchisees

Puerto Rico is the perfect example of our growth – the 900th store is the eighth in the territory, and one of more than a dozen scheduled to open there this year. It’s also a sign of the island’s strength after the destruction caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“I’m very excited that the 900th store is opening in Puerto Rico, because the franchisees and their teams have worked very hard,” says Vargas. “The hurricanes were devastating for the island and the people and their families, and I think this is a huge win for them.”

The community has showcased incredible resilience in the wake of the disasters.

“One of the existing stores that was closed due to hurricane damage has recently re-opened. The community started to see the positive impact of how well we were handling it,” says Vargas. “Even with the island going through so much trouble, people became more interested in opening their own businesses with us.”

A hand lifts a slice of pizza covered in tomato slices and crumbled cheese.
Our delicious pizza is at the core of the guest and franchisee enthusiasm that has helped us become one of the fastest-growing franchises around.

Great food is the key to strong growth

Puerto Rico is just one of many places where we’re growing this year – we’re projected to clear another major milestone, as we’re also on track to open our 1000th store this year. Our momentum earned us 23rd place on Entrepreneur’s 2018 Top 150 Fastest-Growing Franchises list. From our home in Ohio to growing markets like Puerto Rico, our brand thrives because of the quality of our products and service.

“Once our customer tastes the product, they fall in love with it. We’re different from the competition,” says Vargas. “Once they experience the difference, they taste the product and meet the franchisee, they feel the excitement that surrounds a Marco’s Pizza store – that’s how the connection starts.”

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