Marco’s Named to Franchise Times List of Top Performing Franchises

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Logo for the Franchise Times 200+ listMarco’s Pizza has been named to the Franchise Times Top 200+ list of top performing franchises based on total global sales. Marco’s has been soaring up the list for years as our brand has grown from 112 locations in 2004 to nearly 1,000 locations today.

The annual list “is the result of a five-month research and reporting effort that leads to the most credible and objective franchise ranking available,” said Franchise Times Editor Laura Michaels. Franchise Times published the full list in its October issue.

What’s driving Marco’s growth

Pat Giammarco stands in a kitchen while holding a Marco’s Pizza box. In the background, an employee prepares a pizza.
Founder Pat Giammarco’s passion for quality established a company culture that has helped propel growth.

Marco’s was founded by Italian native Pat Giammarco in Toledo in 1978 and remained a regional brand for three decades. He met our current CEO, Jack Butorac, in 2003. Jack was floored by the quality of Marco’s food and saw an opportunity for nationwide expansion. He brought on board a team of managers with decades of experience from competing brands like Domino’s, Little Caesars and Papa John’s.

Together, the team has worked to expand franchisee support and build the infrastructure needed to support an iconic brand. Over the past 5 years, Marco’s has doubled in size.

Quality remains at the core of Marco’s Pizza’s identity. Pat, who sold the brand to Jack but remains as a multi-unit franchisee, instilled a passion for quality ingredients and recipes. Marco’s still uses the sauce recipe Pat learned in his grandmother’s Italian kitchen. Customers can tell the difference.

Franchisees can, too. Marco’s commitment to quality includes hiring great people to support our franchisees and providing the systems, tools, and marketing to drive the brand’s success.

Take a deep dive into the factors driving our success

To learn more about the factors that have made Marco’s a top performing franchise, fill out the form on this page. You’ll receive a copy of our Free Franchise Report, which outlines how we stand out from competitors and financial results. Once of our team members will then reach out to answer your initial questions and if you decide to move forward, we’ll schedule a “Winning Formula” webinar to walk you through more of the key factors that are helping our brand — and franchisees — thrive.


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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