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Franchise expands in South Carolina market

Here's a great story about how commercial real estate has been turned into one man's restaurant gold mine while helping the commercial real estate market fill a few more buildings. That man, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, decided to open a Marco's on Hardscrabble Road and started competing with popular pizzerias like Domino's, Pizza Hut and Papa John's. From there, he went on to open several more franchises, including locations on Rosewood Drive and in Lexington.

He's even been able to expand to North Carolina and to cities like Florence and Myrtle Beach. He was fortunate in that he opened the company's 500th store, and that meant that there was a large celebration by the company. It used the opening as a way to announce the company's success at raising $50,000 for USA Cares.

That celebration also was one for the man opening the store, since that was his 12th store. He now has over 300 employees and over $11 million in combined annual revenue. His family previously has been active in real estate development, which might be why he's been so good at finding good locations for his pizzerias.

Marco's, the franchise brand, has been growing over the last few years, and in 2013, it opened 109 new locations across the country. The young man who already owns 12 franchises in South Carolina expects to expand further, helping the brand to grow.

Franchises are great opportunities, but you need to have the right commercial real estate to put your business in the public eye. Choosing the right place to operate is key to helping your franchise and business plan go off without a hitch, no matter where you are.

Source: The Columbia Star, "Franchisee delivers Marco’s Pizzas throughout S.C." Bill Hughes, Jul. 24, 2014

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