Marco’s Pizza® Expands Development Team by Adding VP of Construction and VP of Real Estate
The Nation’s Fastest Growing Pizza Brand* Adds Five Decades of Expertise to Development Team, Plans Next 1,000 Units
TOLEDO, Ohio, November 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — To support Marco’s Pizza and its unprecedented growth trajectory, the nation’s fastest growing pizza brand* announces the appointment of David Gladstone – Vice President of Construction and Paul Williams – Vice President of Real Estate. Together, they bring over five decades of experience to the development team led by the recently appointed Director of Development. Gerard Flores. Under new leadership, Marco’s is refining its franchise development program by sophisticatedly streamlining the process and driving strategic expansion.
With over 30 years of restaurant development experience, Gladstone has held a variety of real estate, construction and procurement positions for Bad Ass Coffee’s Hawaii, Starbucks, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Focus Brands, Noodles & Company, Jamba Juice and Quiznos. As he transitions into this new role, he will work hand-in-hand with his team to support franchisees through their site selection and construction process, providing early stage guidance and management. at the end of the construction process to ensure that new Marco’s Pizza stores are built efficiently and quickly.
Williams is an accomplished real estate professional with extensive experience in restaurant and retail real estate. He previously served as Director of Real Estate at Jersey Mike’s Subs, Director of Real Estate at Jack in the Box, Inc. and Director of Development at Dunkin’ Brands. Her knowledge and experience with these fast-growing franchise brands aligns with Marco’s vision for national growth as she charts her next 1,000 units.
Marco’s currently spans over 1,100 stores in 33 states with locations in Porto Rico and the Bahamian. Franchise expansion continues to accelerate with over 200 stores in various stages of development and over 350 deals signed – all while delivering record performance, surpassing $1 billion in annual system-wide sales.
“David and Paul are wonderful additions to our outstanding development team and great assets to our current and future franchisees,” said Flores. “Their extensive experience and trusted status within the franchise industry makes them an ideal partner for our sophisticated approach to franchise development. As we look to Marco’s next era of growth, we are expanding our teams to every level – sales, real estate, construction, etc. – with top talent like David and Paul From there, our internal teams will sync and create efficiencies through process protocols that deliver brilliant results . »
Marco’s is on track to climb the ranks as the Nation’s Restaurant News Top 500 report shows the brand achieved the highest percentage change in sales year-over-year (+18.2%) compared to the Top 4 Pizza Brands in the Country**, making Marco’s the #5 Pizza Brand in Systemwide Sales in America. With strong growth and performance, Marco’s now aims to become the #4 brand in pizza, as it saw a 12.8% increase in average unit volume (AUV) year-over-year and the top 50% of Marco franchise stores generated $1,198,201 MUV for 2021***.
“Not only are we performing strongly, but our franchise development pipeline remains strong and healthy,” said Tony Libardi, co-CEO and president of Marco’s Pizza. “As we continue to grow with multi-unit franchisees and expand our brand footprint, we are committed to providing a comprehensive development support system, including technology and tools to help identify the right territories for the expansion as well as expertise in financing, real estate, construction management and field operations. It all starts with the right team, and I’m confident we have the right players to propel Marco’s into its next phase of growth. fast.
For more information on Marco’s Pizza franchise opportunities, visit https://www.marcos.com/franchising/ or call 866-731-8209 to speak with Shannon IversonVice President of Franchise Sales.
ABOUT MARCO’S PIZZA
Marco’s Pizza is America’s most loved and trusted pizza brand, according to the 2019 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study. Based at Toledo, OhioMarco’s Pizza is the fastest growing pizza brand in United States*. Marco’s was founded in 1978 by an Italian-born pascal (“Tap”) Giammarco and thrives to deliver a high-quality pizza experience, known for its homemade dough and three signature fresh cheeses. The company has grown from its roots as a beloved Ohio brand to operate more than 1,100 stores in 33 states with locations in Porto Rico and the Bahamian. Most recently, Marco’s Pizza was ranked #2 in the Pizza category of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2022 “Franchise 500” ranking and #4 in the fastest growing category of the 2021 ranking of the “10 Fastest Growing Chains”. Fast” from Restaurant Business. Other recent accolades include a high ranking on Newsweek’s 2023 “America’s Best Customer Service” in Pizza Chain List, Ranked #40 on QSR Top 50 and has been featured in Nation’s Restaurant News’ prestigious “Top 500” rankings for five consecutive years.
*Marco’s Pizza is the fastest growing pizza brand based on year-over-year unit growth, according to the NRN Top 500 US Restaurant Ranking LSR Pizza Segment 2021.
**Nation’s Restaurant News has partnered with Datassential and its Firefly data platform to provide in-depth insight into the performance of the Top 500 restaurant chains.
***Based on the average unit volume of our top 50% franchise stores for fiscal 2021. Based on fiscal 2021, 146 of the category’s 389 franchise stores (38%) met or exceeded this average. This information is contained in point 19 of our FDD 2022 – please refer to our FDD for full financial performance information. Results may differ. There is no guarantee that a franchisee will perform as well.
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