Top Pizza Franchise Becomes Billion-Dollar Brand

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Top Pizza Franchise Becomes Billion-Dollar Brand

Marco’s Pizza, the nation’s fastest-growing pizza brand*, recently crossing the $1B annual systemwide sales mark and opening its 1,100th store.

Marco’s expects greater expansion of its geographic footprint with more than 230 stores currently in development. Multi-unit franchisees play a huge part in the continuous growth of the brand. In fact, nearly half of Marco’s current franchise network is made up of multi-unit operators including the owner of the 1,100th store Kal Gullapalli, who has an ambitious goal of owning 100-plus Marco’s locations by 2025.

Marco’s 2022 FUND Score of 895 increased by five points from last year and remains in the top 1% of all evaluated franchise systems.  This impressive ranking is a testament to the brand’s commitment to creating a strong balance sheet to help franchisees more easily secure financing from lenders.

Recently, the Marco’s Pizza leadership team invested in a more robust franchise development program. They’ve also brought in new technology, team members, and vendor partnerships – all while growing the national advertising program to strengthen brand awareness. Now more than ever, the brand is reinventing and innovating its practices for the benefit of its franchisees. And it’s paying off!

The franchise experienced very successful 2021. The top 50% of franchised stores brought in an average unit volume of $1,198,201 for the year, with a 12.8% AUV year-over-year growth.** While many restaurants struggled during the pandemic, the pizza industry continued to experience growth. Not many restaurant companies have achieved the $1 billion sales milestone.  With a strong brand promise, dedicated franchisees and team members, and loyal customers, Marco’s Pizza has already experienced remarkable success – with no sign of slowing down.

To learn more about our franchise opportunity, visit or call 866-731-8209 to speak with Shannon Iverson, Vice President of Franchise Sales.

*Marco’s Pizza is the fastest-growing pizza brand based on year-over-year unit growth, according to 2021 NRN Top 500 U.S. Restaurant Ranking LSR Pizza Segment.

**Based on the Average Unit Volume of the top 50% of our Franchised Stores for fiscal year 2021. Based on fiscal year 2021, 146 of 389 Franchised Stores in the category (38%) met or exceeded this average. This information appears in Item 19 of our 2022 FDD – please refer to our FDD for complete information on financial performance. Results may differ. There is no assurance that any franchisee will perform as well.

Marco’s Pizza®
Marco’s Pizza is the nation’s fastest-growing pizza brand* with 1,100+ stores and counting. It is America’s No. 5 pizza brand based on annual systemwide sales*. Marco’s seeks growth-minded franchisees to join our accelerating brand. Learn More

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