SOURCE: Marco's Franchising, LLC

February 15, 2007 11:47 ET

New Jersey Quick Service Restaurant Veteran Signs Deal to Open up to 100 Marco's Pizzas in Central and West Florida

ORLANDO, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 15, 2007 --Glenn Ajmo, a franchise area developer and chairman of the franchisee advisory council for Desert Moon Fresh Mexican Grille chain in New Jersey, has signed an agreement to open up to 100 Marco's Pizzas in Florida including Orlando, Tampa, Fort Meyers and Sarasota.

Jack Butorac, Jr., president of Marco's Franchising, announced the signing of the agreement, which represents the eighth state for Marco's Pizza. Founded some 28 years ago by Italian native Pasquale "Pat" Giammarco in Toledo, OH, Marcos now has 150 stores in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

Ajmo, a native of New Jersey and also a former securities trader with the Electronic Trading Group, LLC in New York, said the first Marco's Pizza in Florida will open in Newport Richie at 9338 Little Road in spring of 2007. That store will be operated by Bruce and Kitte Raber, who are also Marco's franchisees in Florida.

"I read about Marco's Pizza in a restaurant trade journal," Ajmo recalled. "After contacting them and visiting their headquarters in Toledo, I was beyond impressed with the concept; they have a fantastic product line, superior top management, strong support systems, an outstanding track record and investment to sales ratios that food service operators can only dream about. We are looking forward to providing Florida residents with a quality pizza at a fair price."

Ajmo will be developing the Florida market for Marco's with his company Pizza Dough Florida, LLC.

The first store will be a seven day a week operation and will offer carryout and delivery service and the Marco's menu of custom made Ah!thentic Italian Pizza, fresh baked subs, chicken wings, salads and soft drinks.

According to Butorac, the company plans have stores in 10 states by the end of this year and plans on 500 units by 2010.

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