Marco’s Pizza Franchise Announces Expansion Plans for Houston

One of the nation’s fastest-growing pizza franchise chains seeks to partner with entrepreneurs in Houston, Texas


Marco’s Pizza franchise seeks to partner with entrepreneurs to open restaurants like this one in the Houston, Texas, region.

Recently named by Forbes as the fastest-growing city in America for 2015, Houston, Texas, is the ideal location for a Marco’s Pizza® franchise business. The beloved pizza chain is looking to partner with entrepreneurs in Houston who’d like to bring their delicious pizza to the area.

How big is the demand for pizza in Houston?

In addition to reporting Houston as the nation’s fastest-growing city, Forbes also reports that “its 4.5% year-over-year job growth rate is the nation’s fastest.” With major corporations such as Halliburton and ConocoPhillips employing thousands, the city will be a great place to do business well into the future.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently published a study on American eating habits that found that on any given day, 13% of the entire U.S. population eats pizza. When applied to Houston — population over 2 million — that statistic means that more than 260,000 Houstonians are eating pizza every single day. With 17 stores already open in the Houston metropolitan area, Marco’s Pizza is ready to grab a bigger slice of that market with the planned opening of nine more stores in the area in 2016.

That kind of growth makes Houston a perfect location for a Marco’s Pizza®; several prime locations in Houston are available for franchise partners who want to be part of the nation’s fastest-growing large pizza chain.

Marco’s has aggressive growth plans for Texas, looking to open 45 additional locations in the Lone Star State over the next four years under the leadership of Justin Tarrant and Robert Piña, both Area Representatives and multi-unit franchisees with a collective 10 years of Marco’s Pizza experience. The newest Lone Star State location is in Coppell, Texas.

“We are still at the ground floor of our development in the Lone Star State, making it an exciting expansion region for us,” says Cameron Cummins, Chief Development Officer at Marco’s Pizza.

Marco’s Pizza is growing faster than the overall pizza industry

Marco’s Pizza has the fastest unit growth, according to Nation’s Restaurant News, which named the beloved pizza franchise as part of its Second 100 List. That list analyzes businesses that are smaller but are focusing on growing around the nation.

The publication states that while the pizza industry is mature and growth is limited, Marco’s Pizza is the exception. Not only is Marco’s growing faster than other pizza franchises, Marco’s Pizza sales growth also is higher than any other pizza franchise. The publication reports that Marco’s Pizza sales growth is tops for system-wide sales in the Second 100 pizza segment.

Marco's Pizza franchise requires passion

Franchisees train for several weeks in a state-of-the-art kitchen at Marco’s University.

Marco’s Pizza franchise seeks friendly, passionate entrepreneurs in the Houston region

Once customers try Marco’s Pizza’s Ah!thentic Italian Pizza® — fresh-made with delectable cheeses, meats and vegetables — they’re hooked.

“Our franchisees come from a remarkably wide variety of backgrounds. But there’s a common thread among our franchisees — passion for the Marco’s product. Almost half of them were Marco’s consumers first. They fell in love with our product,” Cameron says.

Marco’s Pizza wants to partner with entrepreneurs who are welcoming, friendly and passionate about the Marco’s product. The investment required to start a Marco’s Pizza franchise is typically about $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.

Marco’s Pizza franchise supports and trains franchise owners

During in eight-week training program, franchisees learn how to make the perfect pizza in the company’s state-of-the-art kitchen.

In addition to teaching about the product and how it is made, the company helps franchisees learn to manage the business side of the franchise. Franchisees learn how to train staff, manage finances and study market analysis, as well as learn the leasing issues and marketing savvy needed to be successful.

Founded in Toledo in 1978, Marco’s is the only Top 20 pizza chain started by a native Italian. Marco’s has enjoyed stunning growth in recent years and is on pace to open 1,000 restaurants by the end of 2017. The brand’s proven business model and sustainable growth have been heralded by the likes of Forbes, Consumer Reports, Entrepreneur, Franchise Times and Nation’s Restaurant News.

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