Rank no. 103 –  Marco’s Franchising LLC –  US

Rank no. 103 – Marco’s Franchising LLC – US

Rank no. 103 –  Marco’s Franchising LLC –  US

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Products & Services: Pizza, sub sandwiches, wings, cheese bread

Number of Locations: 380

Total Investment: $206.55K – 396.54K

Founded: 1978

Began Franchising: 1979

About Marco’s Franchising LLC

Marco’s Pizza franchisees sell made-to-order pizzas, specialty pizzas and submarine sandwiches, as well as salad and Cheezybread.

Marco’s was founded in 1978 by Italian born Pasquale “Pat” Giammarco.

Franchise Units

2013 376 0 4 0
2012 330 0 4 0
2011 250 0 3 0
2010 217 0 0 0
2009 192 0 0 0
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $206,552 – $396,552
Franchise Fee: $25,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5.5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable

Net Worth: $150,000
Liquid Cash Available: $100,000


60% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 20. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).

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How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 6-8 weeks. At franchisee’s location: 1-2 weeks.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #103 (2013), #113 (2012), #127 (2011), #200 (2010), #236 (2009),
Fastest-Growing: #49 (2013), #64 (2012), #80 (2011), #95 (2010),
America’s Top Global: #100 (2013), #95 (2012),
Marco’s Pizza
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Type Limited liability company
Industry Restaurant
Founded 1978, Toledo, Ohio
Headquarters Toledo, Ohio
Key people Pasquale Giammarco, Founder
Jack Butorac, President and CEO
Dave Black, Executive Vice President of Operations
Products Pizzasubs
Website http://marcos.com/

Marco’s Pizza, operated by Marco’s Franchising, LLC, is a restaurant chain and interstate franchise based in ToledoOhio that specializes in Italian-American cuisine. The first store is in Oregon, Ohio at Starr Avenue and Wheeling Street. It was founded by Italianimmigrant Pasquale “Pat” Giammarco in 1978. More than 250 company-owned and franchised Marco’s Pizza locations are in operation in 21 U.S. states and the Bahamas.[1]


Marco’s Pizza, Van Buren Township, Michigan

In 2007, Marco’s Pizza moved from 31st to 30th largest pizza chain in the United States, with 158 locations and $77,250,000 in sales.[2] As of 2010, it ranks among the top 25 pizza chains in the United States.[3] Marco’s Pizza is currently listed among Marketing Quarterly’s Top 25 Pizza Chains. The business operates locations in AlabamaArizona,ArkansasCaliforniaColoradoFloridaGeorgiaIllinoisIowaIndianaKentucky,LouisianaMichiganNevadaNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaPennsylvania,South CarolinaTennesseeTexasVirginiaWest Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as the Bahamas. For 2007, they posted an overall 6% sales growth rate, 12% for company-managed stores, and planned to open fifty to sixty new stores over the course of 2008. Marco’s Pizza plans to operate at least 500 locations, covering most states, by 2010. More than 900 new Marco’s locations have been signed, which means the company will quadruple its store count in the coming years. Certain store locations are available with online ordering and payment.