TOLEDO, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Consistently recognized for its fast-paced growth in the immensely competitive $44B pizza industry, Marco’s Pizza has now secured its place as Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Best of the Best” franchise in the pizza category. The good news came on top of a recent consumer survey conducted by Market Force which revealed that Marco’s Pizza is also America’s favorite pizza chain.
“Being recognized as the best pizza franchise investment is phenomenal, but to be ranked by consumers as their favorite pizza company adds to our confidence that we are doing a lot of things right,” commented Marco’s Pizza President Bryon Stephens. “When a company moves as fast as we do, it’s good to hear both from the industry and from our guests that we’re on the right track. We will continue to invest significantly in our mission to be the pizza of choice, an employer of choice, and the partner of choice in every local community we serve.”
In Entrepreneur’s “The Best of the Best”— a re-compilation of the prestigious Entrepreneur 500 released earlier this year – Marco’s was recognized as the strongest franchise in the pizza category. Marco’s ranked No. 38 overall among the 500 franchise brands across all categories.
On the consumer side, Market Force Information conducted a survey to identify America’s favorite quick-service restaurant chain in five popular categories; burgers, Mexican, pizza, chicken and sandwiches. Over 11,000 consumers were asked to score food concepts in each space on factors such as value, food quality, cleanliness, atmosphere, etc. For the first time, Marco’s Pizza topped the list, solidifying its place as their favorite national pizza chain.
Opening a new store on average every three days, Marco’s Pizza is on track to add over 100 new locations this year and aims to have 1,500 locations open by 2020. As the only national franchise chain founded by a native Italian, Marco’s Pizza has carved out a niche in the industry as the expert in authentic Italian pizza, known for its fresh never-frozen dough made daily on site, a proprietary cheese blend that is fresh never-frozen and a secret pizza sauce recipe. For more information on Marco’s Pizza franchising opportunities, visit www.marcosfranchising.com or call 800-836-2074.
ABOUT MARCO’S PIZZA:
Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Marco’s Pizza was named America’s Favorite Pizza Company this year, and is the fastest-growing pizza company in the United States. Marco’s was founded in 1978 by Italian born, Pasquale (“Pat”) Giammarco and thrives by making Italian Pizza with fresh ingredients. The company has grown from its roots as a beloved Ohio brand to operate more than 800 stores in over 30 states and four countries. Most recently, Marco’s Pizza was ranked by consumers as America’s Favorite Pizza Chain through Market Force Information surveys. Other recent accolades include landing No.38 on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list, No. 2 on Forbes’ Top 10 Franchises to Invest In in the medium investment range, No. 3 on the Military Times Best For Vets list and No. 4 on the Franchise Times Fast and Serious list. To inquire about franchise opportunities with Marco’s Pizza visit marcosfranchising.com.