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Marco’s Opens 900th Location in Puerto Rico


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It’s truly hard to imagine what life is like for our fellow Americans down in Puerto Rico who are still grinding their way through many lingering aftereffects of Hurricane Maria’s devastation. On a brighter note, Marco’s Pizza has announced that its 900th location has opened in the island city of Bayamόn—a minuscule piece of good news on an island that was already in dire straits before the hurricane ever made landfall.

According to Marco’s Pizza’s thoughtful release on the opening, thousands of homes and business were destroyed, the island of Puerto Rico was left in a state of disaster, resulting in the community looking to each other for support. Families and business owners like Marco’s Pizza franchisee Edgardo Beniquez Santiago created safe havens for the community offering food, shelter, and phones to contact loved ones, and even a place for families to keep cool.

Through determination and collaboration, Marco’s Pizza and the Puerto Rico team were able to reopen all six locations and continue the development of others—including the 900th milestone, which opened April 6, aiding in the rebuilding of San Juan.

“Marco’s Pizza is only as successful as the people behind the brand. What Edgardo and his team were able to accomplish is a true testament to the stellar group of individuals working to accelerate our success in becoming a premier community-oriented company,” said Tony Libardi, president of Marco’s Pizza. “Our leadership team has built a culture of accountability vital to our growth. As we move forward, we plan to enhance this culture and encourage collaboration, unity, and trust among our franchisees, employees, and guests. When everyone grows together, we become an unstoppable force.”

The company added it continues its strategic journey to 1,000 units, specifically focusing on building future leaders at all levels of the organization. By curating an atmosphere that is open where people listen, challenge, and build each other up, Marco’s says it is inspired to personally choose to rise above the circumstances and demonstrate what’s necessary to achieve results.

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