MARCOS FRANCHISING ED PIC1Marco’s Franchising LLC is confident its authentic Italian pizza will win over anyone who tries it, which is why it plans to expand to all 50 states and overseas for years to come.

Founder Pat Giammarco was born and raised in Italy until he was nine years old when his family moved to Toledo, Ohio. He followed in his father’s footsteps in the restaurant industry when he opened the first Marco’s Pizza in his hometown in 1978. Giammarco’s pizza is unique and has become a success because he stayed true to his roots and uses only the best and freshest ingredients. “In Italy, they take pride in what they serve, whether you go to a restaurant or to someone’s house,” Giammarco said in a statement.

LEONS edpicsAmid a cross-provincial recession, Leon’s Furniture Limited an­nounced bold plans to continue growth in its established markets and expand into new provinces. The company plans to open four to five new corporate stores and one to three franchise stores each year for the next five years. This could result in a 50 percent increase in its retail network. During a contractual period when many are tightening their belts, some may find the move a bit odd. But as Leon’s President and CEO Terrence T. Leon explains, it is all strategy.

“[Some] might wonder why we are doing this now, in the midst of an uncertain economy that has made consumers so cautious,” he states. “The most fundamental reason is our faith in the Canadian economy, which despite present difficulties will invariably return to higher levels of growth. In the meantime, Leon’s has been presented with an ideal opportunity to lease or acquire new store locations at favorable costs.”

INMOTION ED PIC1InMotion Entertainment Group and its 125 airport-only locations nationwide are coming to the rescue of air travelers who forget their headphones, batteries or travel gear.

Brick-and-mortar retailers spend most of their marketing dollars enticing customers to enter their stores. But what if people were lingering voluntarily around your store and did not want to leave? While this may sound like retailer heaven, it actually can be found in airports after travelers have passed through security.

When travelers have time on their hands – which is just about always – many are looking for something to do. Providing an interesting shopping experience with merchandise can give leisure travelers a means of enjoyment and business travelers tools for productivity. InMotion Entertainment Group LLC has been profiting from this unique platform and specialty retail concept for years.

KILWINS ED PIC1In more than 90 franchised stores, Kilwins Chocolates Franchise specializes not only in fine chocolates that are hand-crafted in its 60,000-square-foot “Chocolate Kitchen” facility in Petoskey, Mich., but it also features its own original-recipe ice cream and specialty “made-in-store” products, such as fudge, caramel apples, brittles and caramel corns made right in each location, while customers watch.

With its stores located mostly in vacation and historic areas, Kilwins was founded in 1947 by Don and Katy Kilwin in northern Michigan, and has since expanded to stores located along the eastern part of the United States, from Key West, Fla., to Mackinac City, Mich., and from Portsmouth, N.H., to Fort Collins, Colo.

HOME FRANCHISE ED PIC1When Chad Hallock is asked about the aspects of Home Franchise Concepts that most make it successful, he offers a multi-part response instead of making just one simple statement.

“A combination of several things really makes us work,” he says of the company he co-founded in 1992 and today leads as CEO. “A lot of companies go for the big, home run, but we believe more in a lot of base hits. We do a lot of little things that make the one thing, the company, all that much better.”

One of the first things Hallock mentions about the company is its culture, which is focused on helping people go into business for themselves and grow their business to be successful. “Every one of our brands has a solid vision that I think our franchisees can climb on board and believe in as much as we do,” he says, noting that the majority of new franchisees receive a day-long “Discovery Day” where HFC shares its strategic vision before anybody actually becomes a franchisee.

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