SOURCE: Marcos Franchising, LLC

May 04, 2006 07:43 ET

Toledo, Ohio's Entrepreneurial Spirit Fuels Marco's Pizza Growth

TOLEDO, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 4, 2006 -- Marco's Pizza, which has embarked on a quest to have 500 units by 2010, is fueling its growth with some homegrown entrepreneurial talent in Toledo.

Since January 2005, Marco's Franchising, LLC, the franchising arm for the 28-year-old Marco's Pizza, has announced franchise development agreements totaling 84 stores in three expansion states that involve Toledo natives and entrepreneurs.

According to Jack Butorac, Jr, president of Marco's franchising, Marco's recent expansion plans involved the following Toledeans:

--  Jim Tippin. Former owner of a chain of car washes in Toledo, he and
    his brother Jerry announced plans to open 10 Marco's Pizza in Las Vegas,
    and currently have three open to date.
--  Tom Herman, former owner of The Image Group, a Toledo promotional
    specialty item firm, civic leader and member of the Toledo Chamber of
    Commerce Board of Directors, signed an agreement to open 30 Marco's Pizzas
    in Arizona.
--  Tom Smitz, was a loyal Marco's customer and entrepreneur, who decided
    to open his own stores in Ohio.
--  Ed Jefferson, a former salesman who called on Marco's for ADVO, a
    direct response print advertising. Jefferson now plans on opening five
    stores in Cleveland area.
"We have hosted what we call 'Discovery Days,' which in the franchising business is an opportunity for us to meet with prospective franchisees and present to them the Marco's Pizza story," Butorac said. "The reaction from the Toledo entrepreneurial business community has been fantastic."

Marco's traces its roots to Toledo, where Italian native Pasquale "Pat" Giammarco started the company using many of his family's recipes. Today, Giammarco remains with the company in concept development and as the owner of Marco's Pizza stores in northwest Ohio.

Butorac and his team of franchise development experts set a record for the company last year by opening 22 stores and plans for more growth continue. The Midwest-based company now has pizza shops in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada and Arizona.

Last year the company rolled out a new re-branding campaign that focuses on the company's Italian roots, and more recently introduced a new state of the art pizza box, which features six color scenes of Italy.

"We have the name, we have the product and the reputation for a quality pizza company, we just need to continue to find good owners and operators," Butorac said.

Marco's Pizza offers customers a variety of custom made Ah! thentic Italian Pizzas, chicken wings, fresh baked subs, soft drinks and salads with carryout and delivery service. Additional information is available at or by emailing

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