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Marco's Pizza Franchise

February 09, 2016 08:45 ET

Marco's Pizza Announces Expansion Plans for 3 Booming Cities in West Virginia

One of the Fastest-Growing Pizza Franchise Chains in the Nation Is Seeking Entrepreneurs in the Cities of Charleston, Parkersburg and Beckley, West Virginia

TOLEDO, OH--(Marketwired - Feb 9, 2016) - To meet the growing demand for pizza in the cities of Charleston, Parkersburg and Beckley, West Virginia, Marco's Pizza® franchise is seeking to partner with entrepreneurs who want a slice of the action.

How big is the demand for pizza in Charleston, Parkersburg and Beckley, West Virginia? Forbes recently named Charleston as one of the best small places for business and careers. The historic town has benefitted immensely from the boom in natural gas, which spurring job creation and brought more people to the bustling city. With major corporations such as Appalachian Power and Mountaineer Gas Co. headquartered in the area, Charleston will be one of the best places to do business in America for years to come.

While smaller than Charleston, the cities of Parkersburg and Beckley boast growing populations and thriving business communities. Parkersburg is home to several cultural festivals and museums, while the historic town of Beckley serves as a regional transportation hub for tens of thousands of West Virginians. The city boasts several tourist attractions, museums and natural beauty.

That kind of growth makes the three cities perfect locations for Marco's Pizza®. Their Ah!thentic Italian-style pizza is fresh-made with delectable cheeses, meats and vegetables, and they have several prime locations in Charleston, Parkersburg and Beckley available for franchise partners who want to be part of the nation's fastest-growing large pizza chain.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently published a study on American eating habits which found that on any given day, 13% of the entire U.S. population is eating pizza. When applied to the combined populations of Charleston, Parkersburg and Beckley -- nearly 100,000 -- that statistic means that nearly 13,000 people in the cities of Charleston, Parkerton and Beckley are eating pizza every single day.

Marco's Pizza prides itself on making the best pizza money can buy. It is handmade in the Italian tradition, using fresh, never-frozen cheeses, making the dough in stores daily and using only premium meats and vegetables. Founded in Toledo in 1978, Marco's is the only Top 20 pizza chain founded by a native Italian. Marco's has enjoyed stunning growth in recent years and is on pace to open 1,000 restaurants by the end of 2017. The brand's proven business model and sustainable growth has been heralded by the likes of Forbes, Consumer Report, Entrepreneur, Franchise Times and Nation's Restaurant News.

"Our franchisees come from a remarkably wide variety of backgrounds. But there's a common thread among our franchisees -- passion for the Marco's product. Almost half of them were Marco's consumers first. They fell in love with our product," said Cameron Cummins, Chief Development Officer for Marco's Pizza.

Marco's Pizza is growing faster than the overall pizza industry
Marco's Pizza has the fastest unit growth, according to Nation's Restaurant News, which named the beloved pizza franchise as part of its Second 100 List. That list analyzes businesses that are smaller but are focusing on growing around the nation.

The publication states that while the pizza industry is mature and growth is limited, Marco's Pizza is the exception. Not only is Marco's growing faster than other pizza franchises, Marco's Pizza sales growth also is higher than any other pizza franchise. The publication reports that Marco's Pizza sales growth is tops for system-wide sales in the Second 100 pizza segment.

Marco's Pizza franchise seeks friendly, passionate entrepreneurs in Charleston, Parkersburg and Beckley
Marco's Pizza wants welcoming, friendly individuals who remember customers' names and are passionate about the product to join the Marco's Pizza franchisee family. The investment required to start a Marco's Pizza franchise is typically about $350,000. The pizza franchise is looking for people who have a net worth of $150,000 and a minimum liquidity of $100,000.

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