CNBC Honors Marco’s Pizza® Franchisee Josh Holdinghausen With America’s Star Franchisee Ranking

Marco’s multi-unit owner selected from thousands of franchisees by national media outlet


Marco’s Pizza multi-unit franchisee was recently chosen from thousands of franchise owners nationwide by CNBC and Franchise Business Review to earn a spot on their America’s Star Franchisee list.

Marco’s Pizza® multi-unit franchisee Josh Holdinghausen was selected from thousands of franchisees nationwide for a spot on CNBC and Franchise Business Review’s prestigious America Star Franchisee list.

It was “love at first bite” for Josh when he tried a slice of Marco’s Pizza in 2012. That experience, he says, convinced him that Marco’s was the pizza franchise he wanted to partner with, and in 2013 he opened his first location in Rapid City, South Dakota. Since then he has expanded throughout South Dakota, opening six total restaurants and elevating Marco’s brand awareness throughout the state. His Sioux Falls locations, which employ more than 150 people, were chosen by locals in 2016 as a top 10 favorite pizza eatery among 28 restaurants, according to the Argus Leader.

“The quality of the Marco’s product and customer service is unrivaled by the other big hitters in the pizza segment,” says Josh, who started working in the restaurant industry when he was a teenager, eventually working his way up to operating several Golden Corral buffets.

Marco’s franchisee selected from thousands of franchisees nationwide

The America Star Franchisee list is a prestigious selection of top-tier franchisees by Franchise Business Review. Marco’s was among just 68 brands that made the final cut out of the close to 3,000 total franchise companies in the United States. Franchise Business Review reviewed 28,500 franchisees, representing 364 brands, between June 2014 and December 2015 as part of its annual franchise satisfaction survey, which resulted in the America’s Star Franchisee ranking.

Josh told CNBC that the most important piece of advice he gives would-be franchisees is to buy into something “you believe in, something you are proud to put your name behind, and let everyone know you are part of it.” Josh says he’s never without his Marco’s gear, whether he’s heading to the gym, grocery store or even on vacation. “I’ve been in business three years, and I’m still not tired of eating [at Marco’s], because I honestly love the food we offer,” he told CNBC.

Marco’s Pizza franchise helps franchisees scale their business

Josh and his wife, Stephanie, are well on their way to opening their goal of eight Marco’s Pizza restaurants in South Dakota. Marco’s is a unique business model in that it offers quality and freshness of handmade pizza with the backing of a robust national brand and the scalability of a franchise on the rise.

Marco’s has a large number of multi-unit franchisees; as a scaleable business concept, it is an attractive investment for investors wanting to expand in a particular region. Many areas still offer exclusive territories with a three- or five-store deal.

Marco’s prides itself on being an employer of choice that is connected to the community by supporting local organizations, nonprofits and schools.

Build your success on ours

Founded in Toledo, Ohio, in 1978, Marco’s Pizza has become one of the nation’s fastest-growing large pizza franchises. Our homemade recipes and fresh ingredients are in the Italian tradition, and we are the only top 20 pizza franchise in the country that was founded by a native Italian. We are led by veteran pizza executives who have experience growing brands and supporting franchisees as they grow their businesses.

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 $350,000. The pizza franchise is looking for people who have a net worth of $350,000 and a minimum liquidity of $100,000.

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.

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