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Marco's Pizza Franchise

January 20, 2016 09:45 ET

Marco's Pizza Announces Expansion Plans for Jackson, Mississippi

One of the Fastest-Growing Pizza Franchise Chains in the Nation Is Seeking Entrepreneurs in the Capital of Mississippi

TOLEDO, OH--(Marketwired - Jan 20, 2016) - To meet the growing demand for pizza in the Jackson, Mississippi, area, 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 Jackson? Residents in the state capital, as well as tourists, are passionate for pizza. With large employers and area universities and colleges, and those tourists attending year-round regional events and festivals, pizza is a go-to favorite.

The Department of Agriculture recently published a study on American eating habits that found that on any given day, 13% of the entire U.S. population is eating pizza. With Jackson's population of 173,000, that works out to about 22,000 people feasting on pizza daily, and Marco's is ready to grab that slice of the market.

With Marco's Pizza, those 22,000 people can have the best. Marco's makes pizza 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. 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, to name a few.

Marco's Pizza growth outpaces pizza industry
Marco's Pizza has the fastest-growing unit growth, according to Nation's Restaurant News, who named the beloved pizza franchise as part of its Second 100 List -- an analysis of businesses that are smaller but are focusing on growing around the nation. Marco's opened its 500th location in 2013, its 600th restaurant in 2014, and is on pace to open its 1,000th location in early 2017.

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 Jackson
Marco's Pizza is seeking quality franchisees who are committed to making their franchises places where customers want to buy fresh, delectable pizza -- welcoming, friendly individuals who remember customers' names and are passionate about the Marco's product. 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.

"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, Vice President of Franchise Development for Marco's Pizza.

Unlike Marco's competitors, who have oversaturated their markets, Marco's Pizza has plenty of regions with prime territories available for franchisees -- Jackson is one of them.

How does Marco's Pizza franchise support its owners?
Previous restaurant experience is not necessary to open a Marco's Pizza. The company's team of veteran pizza executives has experience growing brands and is always ready to help franchisees throughout their careers.

At a six-week training at Marco's University, franchisees learn how to make the perfect pizza in the company's state-of-the-art kitchen.

In addition to learning about the product and how it is made, the company helps franchisees learn to manage the business side of the franchise. Franchisees learn how to train staff, manage finances and study market analysis, as well as learn the insurance requirements, leasing issues and marketing savvy needed to be successful.

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