What are the minimum requirements to qualify to become a Marco’s Pizza franchisee?

Financially, you need:

  • At least $150,000 in available liquid capital
  • A net worth of at least $450,000
  • A credit score of 680 or above


A qualified candidate will have experience owning and running a business or managing a restaurant. Qualified candidates also must be actively involved in the business or have an operating partner.

How much are royalties and advertising fees?

Royalties are 5.5% of sales but can be increased to 6% of sales with notice. Royalty fees may be discounted for multi-unit franchisees who achieve growth benchmarks.

Advertising fees total 7%, which includes 1% for brand development, 4% for the National Advertising Fund, and 2% for regional or local store marketing.

Consult Item 6 of the Franchise Disclosure Document for more details.

How much money do Marco’s Pizza owners make?

In 2021, the top 50% of Marco’s franchised stores generated average sales of $1,198,201*.

You can find a more detailed breakdown of financial results in our Business Model eBook or in our Franchise Disclosure Document.

We cannot speculate on or predict your bottom line results, which are determined by numerous outside factors including location, your skill as a franchisee, and the skill of your management team. We encourage you to speak with existing Marco’s franchisees and ask about their P&Ls in order to set expectations. You can find a list of franchisees in Item 20 of the Franchise Disclosure Document. Assuming you meet the qualifications to become an owner, our recruiters will happily provide introductions to any of them.

*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.

How long does it take to be approved as a franchisee?

The mutual evaluation process typically takes 30-90 days.

How long does it take to open my first store?

A typical store opening will take approximately 180 - 270 days from time of  signing.

How do I build my store? What help is available?

Plenty of help is available. We have a design and construction team devoted to helping franchisees through this process. We provide plans, design standards and weekly task lists to help you manage the buildout. Project managers work directly with you to keep your buildout on schedule. This includes staying on top of all phases of the project, from ordering wall art and chairs to ordering the right ovens and other equipment.

Does Marco’s provide financing?

No. However, we have a list of preferred lenders that invest in franchisees’ businesses and are familiar with our brand.