Marco’s Pizza to open first of 3 Macon restaurants Friday

Marco’s Pizza is opening the first of three Macon restaurants Friday.

The Toledo, Ohio-based company plans to open seven restaurants in Middle Georgia by this summer. The stores in Perry and Milledgeville opened this month.

The restaurant at 6394 Zebulon Road will open Friday with a friends and family event 4-7 p.m., according to a news release. After a ribbon cutting, free pizza and refreshments will be available, guests can watch a karate show and demonstrations by the local police and fire departments and enter a pizza-eating competition. The grand opening is Saturday. The store has created about 35 new jobs.

A store in Byron is expected to open in early May, and two additional stores in Macon and one in Dublin are expected to open in July, the release stated. The exact locations of these restaurants are not available, except one of the stores in Macon will be at 3694 Mercer University Drive.

As each store opens, every friends-and-family event will take place 4-7 p.m. with a canned food drive to benefit a local organization and a live radio remote, the release states. Each store’s grand opening will begin at 10 a.m., and free pizza for a year will be available to the first 100 people in line with a minimum $10 purchase.

Marco’s Pizza claims it is the nation’s fastest growing pizza franchise and the only chain founded by an Italian native, the release stated. The company makes fresh dough daily in each store and uses a never-frozen blend of three cheeses and a secret pizza sauce created by the founder.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.