Marco’s Pizza Franchise Announces Expansion Plans for Tulsa

One of the nation’s fastest-growing pizza franchise chains seeks entrepreneurs in Oklahoma


Marco’s Pizza franchise seeks Tulsa, Oklahoma, entrepreneurs to open restaurants like this one.

Marco’s Pizza® franchise is ready to grab a slice of the pizza market in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where it’s estimated that 126,000 people feast on pizza daily. Marco’s Pizza franchise is looking for entrepreneurs who’d like to open restaurants to meet the growing demand for pizza in Tulsa.

Why Tulsa? Why now?

In 2015, Oklahoma ranked in the top 20 states on Forbes’ Best States for Business list, partly due to the business tax climate in Oklahoma being one of the best in the country — making it an excellent region for a Marco’s Pizza franchise.

Home to several colleges and universities, such as the University of Tulsa, the city’s economy is booming. Tulsa’s downtown area has been undergoing a resurgence, and visitors to the 19,200-seat sports and event arena, BOK Center, and the $39.2 million Oneok Field minor league baseball park all need somewhere to eat.

More than 300,000 people visit the city each year attending annual events such as the Tulsa International Mayfest. Tourists visiting Tulsa, as well as area residents, want dining options, making it an ideal location for Marco’s Pizza.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently published a study on American eating habits that found on any given day, 13% of the entire U.S. population is eating pizza. With Tulsa’s metro population of 975,478 — that works out to about 126,000 people feasting on pizza daily, and Marco’s wants a piece of that market’s pie. Competitors have oversaturated their markets, but Marco’s Pizza still has prime locations for franchisees to set up shop; Tulsa is one of them.

Once customers try Marco’s Ah!thentic Italian Pizza® — fresh-made with delectable cheeses, meats and vegetables — they’re hooked. Marco’s has prime locations available in Tulsa for entrepreneurs to start building their franchise restaurants and loyal customer base.

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

Marco’s prides itself in making the best pizza money can buy. Pizzas are hand-made in the Italian tradition. They use fresh, never-frozen cheeses, make the dough in stores daily and top it with only premium meats and vegetables. Founded in Toledo in 1978, Marco’s is the only Top 20 pizza chain started by a native Italian. 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.

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 seeks friendly, passionate entrepreneurs in Tulsa

Marco’s Pizza seeks 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 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.

At a six-week training at Marco’s University, franchisees learn how to make the perfect pizza in the company’s state-of-the-art kitchen.

In addition to learning 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 insurance requirements, leasing issues and marketing savvy needed to be successful.

Marco’s Pizza growth outpaces pizza industry

Marco’s Pizza has the fastest-growing unit growth, according to Nation’s Restaurant News, who named the beloved pizza franchise as part of its Second 100 List — an analysis of 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, but by the end of 2017, Marco’s anticipates having 1,000 restaurants open. 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.

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