Marco’s Pizza Franchise Announces Expansion Plans for the Greater Chattanooga Area

One of the Nation’s fastest-growing pizza franchise chains seeks entrepreneurs in Tennessee


Marco’s Pizza franchise seeks Chattanooga, Tennessee, entrepreneurs to open restaurants like this one.

Marco’s Pizza® franchise wants to answer Chattanoogans’ demand for pizza and is looking for entrepreneurs who would like a piece of the pie.

Tennessee’s fourth-largest city has a thriving business culture. Several major corporations, such as BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Access America Transport, are headquartered in Chattanooga, and several well-known companies (such as Amazon) are setting up manufacturing and warehousing facilities. The city will be a great place to do business well into the future.

That kind of growth makes Chattanooga a perfect location for a Marco’s Pizza®. 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 is eating pizza.

When applied to Chattanooga’s population of 173,366, that statistic means that more than 22,000 Chattanoogans are eating pizza every single day. Marco’s Pizza is ready to grab a big slice of that market with several prime locations in Chattanooga available for franchise partners who want to be part of one of the nation’s fastest-growing large pizza chain.

Marco’s Pizza franchise makes delicious Italian-style pizza

Marco’s Pizza prides itself on making the best pizza money can buy. It is handmade in the Italian tradition, using fresh, never-frozen cheeses, making the dough in stores daily and using only premium meats and vegetables. Founded in Toledo in 1978, Marco’s is the only Top 20 pizza chain started by a native Italian.

Marco’s Pizza wants welcoming, friendly individuals who remember customers’ names and are passionate about the product to join the Marco’s Pizza franchisee family. Passionate entrepreneurs make the most successful Marco’s Pizza franchise owners; previous restaurant experience is not necessary.

“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,” says Cameron Cummins, Chief Development Officer for Marco’s Pizza.

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

Marco’s has enjoyed significant growth in recent years and by the end of 2017, Marco’s anticipates have 1,000 restaurants open. The brand’s proven business model and sustainable growth have been heralded by the likes of Forbes, Consumer Report, Entrepreneur and Franchise Times.

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 large 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 six weeks in a state-of-the-art kitchen at Marco’s University.

Marco’s Pizza franchise supports its owners

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.

Franchisees attend a six-week training at Marco’s University, where they learn how to make the perfect pizza in the company’s state-of-the-art kitchen. They also learn how to train staff, manage finances and study market analysis, as well as learn the insurance requirements, leasing issues and marketing savvy needed to be successful.

Marco’s PIzza’s team of veteran pizza executives has experience growing brands and is always ready to help franchisees throughout their careers.

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