Marco’s Pizza appoints Gerardo Flores Director of Development


Marco’s Pizza, a quick-service pizzeria based in Toledo, Ohio, announced on Tuesday the hiring of Gerardo Flores as its director of development.

Flores, who most recently served as vice president of real estate at Tropical Smoothie Cafe, will be responsible for developing U.S. and international growth strategies, streamlining the development process, and driving the expansion, according to the company.

“I am honored to join Marco’s at a time when growth is a key strategic business priority as the brand looks to its next 1,000 units,” Flores said in a statement. “I hope I can have an immediate impact by improving processes that help grow the brand faster and more efficiently. My initial goal is to solidify the team and ensure that the three pillars – sales, real estate and construction – work together seamlessly. With this, I have full confidence that we will be able to actualize our development goals while growing with franchisees who embrace our people-centric approach to business. »

Flores has nearly 20 years of franchising experience. Prior to joining Tropical Smoothie Cafe, he served as Vice President of Real Estate at Jersey Mike’s Subs, Senior Director of Development at Quiznos, Real Estate Director at Cold Stone Creamery, and Director of Properties and Leases at PetSmart.

Marco’s Pizza is accelerating the expansion of its franchise. The brand recently opened its 1100e restaurant and has 200 in various stages of development, as well as more than 350 signed agreements. The company said in a statement that its management is prioritizing “investments in improving the franchise development program, new technologies, people, strategic vendor partnerships, national multi-channel advertising and more.” .

“We have set aggressive development growth targets, and bringing in a strong franchise leader is paramount to ensuring our future success,” said co-CEO and chairman Tony Libardi. “With decades of increasingly successful franchise experience in the quick service industry, Gerardo brings a vision and business mindset of growth as we continue to expand across the country and beyond. .”

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