Marco’s seeks to add 15 locations in Denver area

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We’re looking for single and multi-unit franchise owners to help expand our footprint in this booming area

A slice of melty pepperoni and mushroom pizza is being lifted away from the pie on a wooden board. Another pizza is out of focus in the background.

Marco’s Pizza, named the Most Loved and Most Trusted Pizza brand according to a 2019 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study, is targeting the thriving Denver market with the goal of adding 15 locations by 2023 through strategic franchise partnerships. Based on the established brand presence of our 20 existing locations, we see the growth potential throughout the greater Denver area.

Denver’s growing population, open real estate market and strong base of current locations make it a prime target for continued growth. Marco’s Pizza has an impressive $883,073 average unit volume*, and is actively seeking single and multi-unit owners to help grow its footprint throughout the area.

“With the state of Colorado recently ranked as the best state for economic stability and potential, our team sees limitless growth possibilities,” says Keith Sizemore, Vice President of New Territory Development at Marco’s Pizza. “Marco’s is an organization rich in heritage and authenticity, and we pride ourselves on delivering a high-quality experience with a high-quality product. Denver knows our brand and our beloved pizza; we are excited to bring more locations to the market and continue delivering a great customer experience.”

Among Denver’s popular locations are our stadium stores: Budweiser Events Center, home to the Colorado Eagles, a professional minor league hockey team, and the Denver Dream, a women’s professional football team; Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, home to the Colorado Rapids men’s professional soccer team; and Pepsi Center, home to NBA team the Denver Nuggets, the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, and Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League.

Why we might be the best pizza franchise around

Earlier this year, Marco’s Pizza was named Most Loved and Most Trusted Pizza Brand, according to a 2019 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study. In the last year, Marco’s Pizza brand equity – a combination of familiarity, quality and purchase consideration – increased 10 percentage points, according to the study. Our brand equity scored higher than all other pizza restaurant brands, including Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars and Papa John’s.

This comes in a year of speedy growth for Marco’s. We’re rapidly approaching 1,000 locations, and our goal is to have 1,500 locations open by late 2020. As the only national pizza franchise chain founded by a native Italian, Marco’s Pizza has carved out a niche in the industry for authentic Italian quality pizza, known for fresh dough made in stores daily onsite; a proprietary cheese blend that is always fresh, never frozen; and an original pizza sauce recipe from the family of founder Pat Giammarco, who is still a multi-unit Marco’s owner.

Why franchisees love us

Forbes magazine recently ranked Marco’s Pizza among the top five franchises under the mid-range investment category. Forbes and FRANdata worked together to rank over 3,000 franchise brands, rating them on criteria including sustainability, demand, value for investment, franchisor support and stability.

Coupled with our rapid growth and rising popularity, Marco’s brand power is stronger than ever. Our startup costs are accessible, too: There is no minimum unit purchase, and the initial investment ranges from $293,515 to $619,710 (for a Limited Seating store of 1,500 sq. ft. or less).

Qualified candidates must have at least $125,000 in liquid assets and $400,000 in net worth.

Learn more about our Denver opportunities

Download our franchise report for in-depth details about our business opportunity. You can also learn more by exploring our website, and read our blog to discover more franchise news.

*Reflects average AUV for the 299 highest earning Traditional Franchised Stores (out of a total of 598 Traditional Franchised Stores) that operated for the full 52 weeks of our fiscal year ending December 30, 2018. Of these 299 stores, 112 (or 37%) reported revenues that met or surpassed $883,073. Your results may differ. See Item 19 of our Franchise Disclosure Document for the definition of “Traditional Franchised Stores” and other information.


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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