Marco’s Pizza recently announced its first franchise deal in India with plans to open 400 stores over the next 10 years.
Leading the expansion in India are DJ Patel and Monaliza Patel who have a combined 33 plus years of experience working in the pizza and franchise sectors. DJ Patel is a successful area developer for Marco’s Pizzawho oversees 40 Marco’s Pizza units in Georgia, Maryland, DC, Virginia and now India. Likewise, Monaliza Patel is also an area representative and partners with DJ to co-manage stores in Atlanta and the Southern Georgia region.
“We are thrilled to launch operations in an untapped market such as India with two phenomenal Marco’s Pizza area representatives native to the area,” said Bryon Stephens, President and COO of Marco’s Pizza. “We look forward to the expansion goals DJ and Monaliza have put in place in India, based on their sound market research, with their first store opening before the close of the year.”
Marco’s Pizza’s recipe for growth has been a culmination of a robust authentic product, a strong community image, and a mission to delight customers. As the only national franchise chain founded by a native Italian, Marco’s Pizza has carved out a niche in the industry as experts in authentic Italian pizza. With 500 locations strong and more than 1,500 new franchise deals signed in 2013, the company is on track to quadruple its store count in the coming 5-7 years.
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