Marco’s Pizza is making its way to Midlothian this fall.
Founded and headquartered in Ohio, Marco’s Pizza is an Italian pizza chain that owns over 900 franchises across 35 states and four different countries, according to its website.
Mary Favia is the owner for one of those franchises, and worked with the Midlothian City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission for over a year to bring the first Marco’s restaurant to Midlothian.
“When we presented our site option to corporate, they were very encouraging and excited to bring Marco’s to Midlothian,” she said.
According to the 2017 Nation’s Restaurant News Top 100 Report, Marco’s is currently the third-fastest growing food chain in the United States. It was also named America’s favorite pizza company last year by Market Force Solutions.
The restaurant zoning is 1,400 square feet of an existing suite inside the recently constructed Anytime Fitness building, which is located at 2410 FM 663. Her business partner, Justin Heath, submitted a request for a "Special Use Permit" to the city council, which was approved during their meeting Tuesday evening.
Favia has worked with other businesses in the Waxahachie area for eight years, and said Midlothian was an ideal location for a Marco’s restaurant due to the rapid growth the city is experiencing.
With the restaurant placed inside a pre-existing structure, Favia said she’s pleased with the location and thinks it will develop into a healthy business.
“We couldn’t be in a better location,” Favia emphasized. “We’ve felt so welcomed and so blessed to be in the Waxahachie/Midlothian area. That’s why we’re really happy to be there.”
After 240 to 320 hours of Marco’s franchise training to get certified, Favia said the contractors gave her an estimated 45-day turnaround for the restaurant.
Marco's is expected to open in late October or mid-November.
Favia said Marco’s had been a long time coming, but it’s going to be worth it.
“It’s been a wonderful experience,” she said. “We’re very excited to become a part of Midlothian.”
David Dunn, @DavidDunnInTX