Marco’s Pizza to expand Virginia footprint

Marco’s Pizza has inked a four-unit deal to bring the brand to the central and northern Shenandoah Valley market in Virginia. The first two stores will open in Harrisonburg by early fall, according to a press release.

Michael Blackburn is the franchisee behind the deal. Blackburn has worked for a large fast-food franchise group for a number of years in addition to owning and operating three Dairy Queen franchises with his wife.

“With Marco’s, we have the perfect recipe of a quality product, historically strong EBITDA, and an opportunity to grow a robust portfolio,” Blackburn said in the press release. “As we’ve done with our Dairy Queen locations, we look to add Marco’s into the fold of community giveback. Building out these stores will give us opportunity to further engrain ourselves in the communities we serve as the neighborhood pizza of choice, while we involve ourselves with local schools, hospitals and more.”

Marco’s owns and operates more than 1,100 stores in 34 states.

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