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Initial investment
$287K - $806K
Units as of 2023
1,166 Increase 19.8% over 3 years

Marco's Pizza strives to make pizza the best way while only using high-quality ingredients. The pizza industry is highly competitive. Marco’s Pizza has been in operation since 1978 and has been franchising since 1979. It boasts more than 1,000 locations, over 900 of which are in the United States. 

Do you have what it takes to create a slice of pizza heaven in your community?

Why You May Want to Start a Marco's Pizza Franchise

Marco's Pizza knows how to make your mouth water from tasty pizza, salads, subs, and cheese breads. Marco's Pizza makes quality food and offers customers who opt for delivery or takeout real value for their money. They may stand out from the rest because they wish to consistently provide quality meals to customers. 

If you're an outgoing person who's passionate about food and business, you might enjoy becoming a Marco's Pizza franchisee. And if you have no previous experience running a restaurant, don't worry because it isn't required, but it may help you in your day-to-day operations. 

Marco's Pizza has a good business model, and the franchise team may provide you with ongoing support and training. During training, you are generally given all the tools you need to operate a successful restaurant. You might learn how to make high-quality pizzas and manage a team. A winning attitude might help win over customers with delicious pizzas. 

What Might Make a Marco's Pizza Franchise a Good Choice?

Before making any financial commitment or signing an agreement, you must perform your due diligence and establish if this is the right opportunity for you. This may include speaking to a financial planner and a franchise attorney. Additionally, research the brand and your local area to see if Marco's Pizza franchise would do well in your community. While competition is healthy, too much of it may not allow for the most possible growth.

To be part of Marco's Pizza team, you should make sure you’re financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. You should also prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and potential renewal fees. Marco’s Pizza may offer a discount off the franchise fee for qualified veterans. Franchisees will also need to meet the company's set net worth and liquid capital requirements. 

How To Open a Marco's Pizza Franchise

To get started with owning a Marco's Pizza franchise, you may need to fill out an ownership application form. After this, you should review Marco's Pizza executive summary, as it may help you if you're invited for an initial phone call with Marco's Pizza franchise representative.

After various interviews and store visits, you may be invited to a discovery day at headquarters in Toledo, Ohio. Here you can speak to existing franchises and meet brand executives. Afterwards, you may be awarded a Marco's Pizza franchise location. Before long, you might be dishing up hot slices of authentic Italian pizza.

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Company Overview

About Marco's Pizza

Industry Food
Related Categories Pizza
Founded 1978
Parent Company Marco's Franchising LLC
Leadership Tony Libardi, Co-CEO & President
Corporate Address 5252 Monroe St.
Toledo, OH 43623
Social Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube

Business Overview

Franchising Since 1979 (45 years)
# of employees at HQ 190
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchises in the following US states: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming

This company is offering new franchises in the following international regions: Asia, Middle East, Europe (Eastern), Central America, Canada, South America, Mexico

# of Units 1,166 (as of 2023)

Information for Franchisees

Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Marco's Pizza franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee Information Circle
Initial Investment Information Circle
$286,852 - $805,927
Net Worth Requirement Information Circle
$600,000 - $1,200,000
Cash Requirement Information Circle
$400,000 - $600,000
Veteran Incentives Information Circle
$10,000 off franchise fee; franchise fee waived for veterans with 50%+ military service-connected disability rating
Royalty Fee Information Circle
Ad Royalty Fee Information Circle
Term of Agreement Information Circle
10 years
Is franchise term renewable? Yes
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Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing Marco's Pizza has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training 240 hours
Classroom Training 74 hours
Ongoing Support
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App


Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed? No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit? Information Circle
Can this franchise be run part time? Information Circle
# of employees required to run 20-25
Are exclusive territories available? Information Circle
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Updated: December 12th, 2022