It was "love at first bite," said Josh Holdinghausen when he tried a slice of Marco's Pizza. That experience, he said, convinced him that Marco's was the pizza franchise he wanted to partner with, and in 2013 he bought his first one, in Rapid City, South Dakota. "The quality of the Marco's product and customer service is unrivaled by the other big hitters in the pizza segment," said Holdinghausen, who's worked in the restaurant industry since he was a teenager.
With more than 650 restaurants open in 35 states, Marco's Pizza has carved out a leading spot in the franchised pizza world by offering handmade pies that use fresh, not frozen, cheeses and dough made daily in the stores. The parent company claims it is on track to have 1,000 restaurants open by the end of 2017.