Franchise Players to Franchise Owners: Former NFL Players Open Newest Marco’s Pizza Location in Easley

Former NFL Players Byron Maxwell and Jarvis Jenkins Open Second Location in South Carolina

EASLEY, S.C. (September 2020) – The nation’s Most-Loved and Most-Trusted Pizza Brand, Marco’s Pizza, has opened a new location in South Carolina on July 15. Situated at 5809 Calhoun Memorial Highway, STE A, locals can expect a Primo Italian pizza experience that uses the freshest, highest-quality ingredients on every pizza.

The Easley location is owned by former NFL players Byron Maxwell and Jarvis Jenkins. Both Maxwell and Jenkins were former Tigers at Clemson University and moved onto the NFL. After spending seven years in the NFL, Maxwell and Jenkins left the league in 2018 and decided to return to South Carolina and go into business ownership together. This is there second location, with another opened earlier this year in Clemson.


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“We chose to open our second location in Easley mainly because of the community,” said Jenkins. “We know that Pickens County residents deserve the best because they are the best, and there’s no pizza more authentic and delicious than Marco’s.”

As the only national pizza brand founded by a native Italian, Marco’s has made its name in the growing $47 billion pizza industry by producing fresh, authentic, handmade Italian quality pizza. Italian food is famous for its quality servings and Marco’s prides itself on crafting every pizza by using ingredients that are fresh. At a time when 91 percent of Americans eat pizza once a month, more people are increasingly choosing the quality pizza that’s synonymous with Marco’s name.

Marco’s Pizza started in Ohio. The founder, Pasquale “Pat” Giammarco, grew up making pizzas with his father after they immigrated to the United States from Sulmona, Italy. Fast forward several years later, he created Marco’s Pizza to capture the Italian spirit and flavors he was raised on.

The menu at Marco’s Pizza in Clemson features a mix of classic pizzas and innovative specialty pizzas like the White Cheezy, Deluxe and All Meat, along with a variety of salads with croutons made daily. Customers can also choose from wholesome subs on Italian white bread, hearth baked for authentic European flavor, along with creations like the Meatball Bake, Chicken Dippers and CheezyBread. Marco's is also the first national pizza delivery brand to offer Specialty Pizza Bowls – a crustless pie made to meet consumers ever-changing dietary preferences. With carryout, delivery, app and online ordering services, Marco’s offers the convenience of picking up a quick meal or having it delivered to your door.

Opening a new store every three and a half days on average, Marco’s Pizza is committed to continued growth and increasing its presence internationally by late 2020. As America’s Most-Loved and Most-Trusted pizza brand, Marco’s has carved out a niche in the industry for authentic Italian quality pizza, known for its fresh dough made daily onsite, a proprietary cheese blend that is fresh, never-frozen, and a secret original pizza sauce recipe from its founder Pat Giammarco.

For more information about the Marco’s Pizza location opening in Clemson, please visit https://www.marcos.com/, download our mobile app or call 864-707-4992.

ABOUT MARCO’S PIZZA:
Marco’s Pizza is America’s Most Loved and Most Trusted Pizza Brand, according to the 2019 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study. Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Marco’s Pizza is one of the fastest-growing pizza companies in the United States. Marco’s was founded in 1978 by Italian-born Pasquale (“Pat”) Giammarco and thrives by making authentic Italian quality pizza with fresh ingredients. The company has grown from its roots as a beloved Ohio brand to operate 900 plus stores in over 34 states with locations in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Most recently, Marco’s Pizza was ranked No. 4 in Forbes “Best Franchises to Buy” 2019 Study/Medium Investment, and No. 39 on Entrepreneur’s 2019 Franchise 500 ranking. Other recent accolades include ranking No. 2 on Entrepreneur’s 2018 Top 200 Food and Restaurant Franchises in the pizza segment, and No. 8 on the Military Times Best: Franchises 2018 list.

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