Nation's Fastest-Growing Pizza Franchise Rises to the Top in Colorado

Marco's Pizza Reveals Aggressive Growth Strategy for the Denver Region Throughout 2014

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| Source: Marco's Franchising, LLC

DENVER, Jan. 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marco's Pizza, the fastest-growing pizza franchise in the United States, is targeting Denver for growth in 2014. With 14 franchise locations already open and operating in the Denver area, the company has announced plans to expand to 28 additional locations through strategic franchise partnerships over the next several years, serving up its authentic Italian pizza. The plan is to add five or more new stores a year over the next five years. The 28 new franchise locations would create hundreds of new jobs.

Marco's Pizza area representatives Nick Costanzo and Chase Kintz will open their own stores, as well as recruit qualified franchise owners to open locations in Denver, Loveland, Long Mount, Greeley and Highlands Ranch. They expect the first store of the year to open in Aurora, CO on May 1, 2014. Marco's Pizza is continuously playing a large role supporting communities across the region; whether it be to support a breast cancer walk or to sponsor the local little league team. Currently, Marco's Pizza is located in communities throughout the region as well as in the Pepsi Center basketball and hockey arena and the Dick's Sporting Goods Park soccer arena.

"We've successfully increased pizza sales at the soccer stadium by 60 percent over the past two years," said Costanzo. "We're in the middle of the basketball season at the Pepsi Center right now, but pizza sales are already up by 30 percent."

As the only national franchise chain founded by a native Italian, Marco's Pizza has carved out a niche in the industry as experts in authentic Italian pizza, known for its fresh never-frozen dough made daily on site, a proprietary cheese blend that is fresh never frozen and a secret pizza sauce recipe. Marco's Pizza has nearly 450 units open across the country and is on track to hit the 500 mark by mid-2014. In fact, Marco's Pizza has opened 104 new restaurants in 2013 and has plans to open 200 new restaurants this year. With more than 1,500 new franchise deals signed in 2013, the company is on track to quadruple its store count in the coming 5-7 years.  

"Pizza lovers in Denver will quickly find out that Marco's Pizza is unlike any other pizza franchise out there," said Costanzo. "Our product is hands-down the best quality and our customer service outmatches the competition. In addition to offering truly authentic Italian pizza to area consumers, we're providing an outstanding business opportunity for potential franchisees."

Averaging at least one store opening every other day, the franchise is offering prospects exciting opportunities to be a part of the company's nationwide growth. For more information on Marco's Pizza franchising opportunities, visit www.marcosfranchising.com.

ABOUT MARCO'S PIZZA:

Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Marco's Pizza (Marco's Franchising, LLC) is the fastest-growing pizza company in the U.S. (based on the number of stores signed into development since 2007). Marco's was founded in 1978 by Italian born, Pasquale ("Pat") Giammarco and thrives by making Italian Pizza with fresh ingredients. The company has grown from its roots as a beloved Ohio brand to operate more than 425 stores in 32 states, and the Bahamas. Marco's Pizza recently ranked 11th place in the "2012 Pizza Industry Top 100 Movers & Shakers" by PizzaMarketPlace.com.  To inquire about franchise opportunities with Marco's Pizza visit marcosfranchising.com.

Holly Kleese, Fishman PR, 847-945-1300,