Heroes among us

Marco’s and coronavirus: Our franchisees have been stepping up to bolster their communities during the pandemic

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They’ll all shy away from being called heroes. But that doesn’t mean our remarkable franchise owners are anything less than heroic. All across the country, Marco’s franchisees have been stepping up and doing what they do best: feeding their communities.

And they’re doing this in extraordinary ways that uplift their neighbors in a very difficult time. Here are some stories we found inspiring:

Taking care of those who take care of us

In Richmond, Virginia, Marco’s Pizza is one of a handful of local restaurants who have been feeding first responders for free since the pandemic descended. 

The Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote:

Sara Ragsdale and her husband own the Richmond-area Marco’s Pizza franchise. In the last few weeks, they’ve delivered upward of 800 pizzas to people all around the area, including the Richmond Ambulance Authority.

“We’re just trying to do our part to show appreciation toward the brave men and women who are staying on the front lines,” Ragsdale said. She said the company plans to continue donating pizzas until the stay-at-home mandates are lifted.

During long bleak shifts, free pizza can be a morale booster.

“They’re tired and they’re grateful to be fed,” she said. “They eat our pizza, so we just want to support them.”

A graphic depicts photos of two women in scrubs, top left, holding a Hello Primo pizza box and a group of workers with name tags, bottom right, in front of a table loaded with a dozen boxes of pizza. To the right of the top photo a banner reads, “#SliceofLove” and to the left of the bottom photo it reads, “Richmond, Virginia.”

Helping grant birthday wishes

A little girl with cancer planned to spend her 8th birthday with friends building their own pies at an Orlando-area Marco’s Pizza when the stay-at-home order put an end to all of that. Luckily, her Daisy troop leader stepped in and organized a birthday parade that the girl was able to watch from the safety of her front yard.

“Marco’s was there, too,” wrote the Orlando Sentinel, “handing out free pizzas.”

Count on more from Marco’s

These are just a few of the inspiring stories we’re hearing these days from our franchise owners nationwide as everyone at Marco’s works together to navigate coronavirus. Pizza places have been luckier than most in the restaurant industry, as they’re already set up to execute on delivery and carry-out. That has made it very easy to transition seamlessly to contact-free delivery and curbside pick-up system.

But at Marco’s, our owners have gone the extra mile. As you can see from these stories, we have a very special franchise family at Marco’s Pizza. Our franchisees as well as our leadership are passionate about pizza and passionate about their communities, staying involved in both good times and bad.

A group of workers stand behind a table loaded with a dozen pizzas.

It speaks a lot to not only who our franchise owners are as individuals, but to a corporate culture that strives to support our franchise family as much as we support our loyal consumers.

It typically takes 6-9 months to open a Marco’s, so we invite you to learn more about our franchise offering. We’re finding new strength and opportunities, and a ton of inspiration, right now. We hope you are, too.

If you want to learn more and have time to talk, fill out the form below. We’ll send you a free franchise report outlining key aspects of the business, and one of our recruiters will be in touch to answer your questions.