Marco’s Pizza a Perfect Fit for Sandwich Shop Owners to Expand Business Portfolio; Marco’s Participates in Subway Franchise Convention

TOLEDO, OH–(Marketwire – August 2, 2007) – Sandwich shop owners are finding Marco’s Pizza the ideal concept to expand their business portfolio, and more may be on the way.

Last week, Marco’s Pizza franchise development specialists were one of 15 concepts to be invited to the North American Association of Subway Franchisees (NAASF) Annual Business Expo in New Orleans. NAASF and its 8,000 members represent some 15,000 Subway Shops.

Led by Marco’s Franchising, LLC President Jack Butorac Jr. and his team of franchise development specialists, the Marco’s team presented their concept to NAASF members of the 29-year-old Marco’s Pizza.

According to Bryon Stephens, Marco’s Pizza vice president of franchising, Quizno and Subway shop owners appreciate the balance that Marco’s Pizza can give their business portfolio of food concepts.

To date, Marco’s has attracted five franchisees and or area representatives with sandwich experience. They include:

--  Pat Richardson, Jackson, MI who just acquired two more Marco's Pizzas
in Jackson, MI giving him five stores in western Michigan, is a former
Subway Franchisee.
-- Jim Morse, whose Quizno's store in Phoenix was the top producing unit
in the area and a training store for all Western Quizno's, and who is the
Area Representative in Northern AZ and has committed to sell/open 30
Marco's Pizzas in the Mesa, AZ area.
-- Jon Gaudineer, a partner in an area agreement to open 200 Marco's
Pizzas in Florida, and a former Subway franchisee.
-- David Jeffers, former Quizno franchisee and now soon to be a Marco's
Franchisee in Tucson area as well as the Area Representative in Tucson, AZ.
-- Tim Billows, former Quizno store owner in Las Vegas and Marco's Pizza
developer in Las Vegas.

“Pizza being a predominantly evening food choice will not cannibalize the sales of their (sandwich shop owners) existing units… whereby other lunch time concepts even if they are not a sandwich concept will cannibalize their current sales if opened in a nearby trade area,” offered Bryon Stephens, Marco’s vice president of franchise development. “A sandwich shop and a Marco’s Pizza can offer the restaurant owner a menu with consumer appeal throughout most of the day. Our business model is a good fit for the sandwich store franchisee who is interested in expanding his or her portfolio.”

Founded 29 years ago by Italian native Pasquale “Pat” Giammarco, seasons franchise development expert Jack Butorac, Jr. acquired the franchising rights to Marco’s and has since launched them on an expansion program. There are currently 158 Marco’s Pizzas in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Florida, Arizona and Nevada with plans to be in 10 states by the end of this year and 500 units by 2010.

Marco’s offers a menu of custom made Ah! Thentic Italian Pizza, salads, fresh baked subs, chicken wings and soft drinks with carryout, delivery and some sit down service.

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