Marco’s Pizza, the nation’s fastest-growing pizza brand, has achieved another remarkable milestone by being named to Entrepreneur’s prestigious Franchise 500 Hall of Fame list. This esteemed recognition is bestowed upon elite franchise brands that have maintained a consecutive ranking in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 for 25 or more years. In addition to this honor, Marco’s has also been recognized as one of Entrepreneur’s fastest-growing brands in 2023, underscoring the company’s unwavering commitment to aggressive new store development.
Tony Libardi, Co-CEO and President of Marco’s Pizza, expressed his pride in the brand’s achievements, emphasizing the symbiotic relationship between the franchise’s success and that of its franchisees. He stated, “As a franchise brand, our success is rooted in the success of the franchisees. We are proud to be recognized by Entrepreneur magazine for our longstanding growth and strong performance, and for being named a fastest-growing brand in 2023. It validates our nearly 45-year history of proven success with our aggressive vision for continued expansion. This recognition serves as a testament to the power of collaboration and the endless possibilities that come with a shared vision and a steadfast commitment to growth.”
With over 1,100 stores nationwide and surpassing $1 billion in annual systemwide sales, Marco’s Pizza has consistently demonstrated impressive performance. The brand’s franchise expansion shows no signs of slowing down, with more than 200 stores in various stages of development and numerous franchise agreements already signed. In 2022 alone, Marco’s opened over 90 stores and awarded 140 franchises, marking a substantial leap forward in the company’s growth trajectory. Over the past six years, Marco’s has effectively doubled its store footprint, positioning itself as a force to be reckoned with in the competitive pizza industry. Capitalizing on its renowned high-quality pizza, which serves as the bedrock of its success, Marco’s has identified 4,200 potential locations across the United States.
Entrepreneur’s Senior Vice President of Franchising, Liane Caruso, acknowledged the exceptional achievements of the brands included in the Franchise 500 Hall of Fame list, emphasizing their dedication to growth, franchisee support, and community involvement. She stated, “We’re honoring these A-list brands who have shown through and through their commitment to growth, to their franchisees, and to their communities. Ranking in the Franchise 500 is highly competitive, and achieving that distinction year after year is quite an accomplishment.”
The Franchise 500, developed and maintained by Entrepreneur for the past 44 years, evaluates and ranks franchise opportunities based on more than 150 data points. These criteria encompass various aspects such as costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial stability. The competition for inclusion in the Franchise 500 becomes fiercer each year, with 1,321 companies vying for a spot in the top 500 in 2023. Only 49 franchise brands have achieved the remarkable feat of being ranked every year for the past 25 years or more, thereby earning a coveted position in the 2023 Hall of Fame.
In addition to its induction into the Franchise 500 Hall of Fame, Marco’s Pizza has also secured a place on Entrepreneur’s Fastest-Growing Franchises list for 2023. This ranking is determined based on net U.S. and Canada franchise unit growth from July 31, 2021, to July 31, 2022, as reported by franchise companies.
For those interested in Marco’s Pizza franchise opportunities, the brand’s official website provides comprehensive information at https://www.marcos.com/franchising/. Alternatively, individuals can reach out to Shannon Iverson, Vice President of Franchise Sales, by calling 866-731-8209.
Since its establishment in 1978 by Italian-born Pasquale (“Pat”) Giammarco, Marco’s Pizza has emerged as one of America’s Top 10 Favorite QSR Brands, as revealed in the 2022 Market Force Information Study. Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Marco’s has rapidly grown from a beloved regional brand to operating over 1,100 stores across 34 states, including Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. The company’s commitment to excellence is evident in its scratch-made dough and the use of three fresh signature cheeses, delivering an unparalleled pizza experience. Marco’s recent accolades include a ranking at No. 51 in Entrepreneur Magazine’s prestigious 2023 “Franchise 500,” a high position on Newsweek’s 2023 “America’s Best Customer Service” in pizza chains list, and a No. 40 placement on QSR’s Top 50. Moreover, Marco’s has consistently featured on Nation’s Restaurant News’ esteemed “Top 500” ranking for six consecutive years.
With its exceptional growth trajectory, commitment to quality, and focus on franchisee success, Marco’s Pizza continues to cement its position as a leading force in the pizza industry. The brand’s induction into the Franchise 500 Hall of Fame is a testament to its unwavering dedication to growth, innovation, and delivering an exceptional customer experience. As Marco’s Pizza looks toward the future, its commitment to excellence remains resolute, and its vision for expansion and continued success shines bright.
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