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Marco’s Pizza to open in Farragut

Farragut soon will be home to a new pizza restaurant, Marco’s Pizza.

Marco’s will open in October in the Little Turkey Creek shopping center, located at the corner of Old Stage Road and Kingston Pike. The shopping center already is home to restaurant, Rice King, and a nail salon.

“We’re a franchise out of Ohio, but we’re smaller and try to maintain that Mom and Pop kind of feel, as far as atmosphere,” said franchisee Sam Hollinger. He and his two local business partners operate the two other Marco’s Pizza restaurants in the area — off Tazewell Pike and off Middlebrook Pike.

“So it kind of is like a family owned pizzeria,” he added.

What sets Marco’s apart from other pizza places, Hollinger said, is the quality of the ingredients.

“We bake our own dough fresh in the store every day, we chop our own vegetables, our cheese is never frozen.

“We focus on making an authentic, quality pizza. We make our own sauce every day,” Hollinger said.

“And all that sets us apart from the other, bigger chains out there,” he added.

While the restaurant will have a few tables for dine-in customers, Hollinger said seating would be limited and Marco’s won’t sell pizzas by the slice.

“Carry-out or delivery is primarily our function,” Hollinger said.

In addition to pizzas, Marco’s also will offer freshly baked sub sandwiches, wings, salads and cheesy bread.

According to Hollinger, Marco’s places great importance on being involved in the community.

“We have 280 stores right now, across the country, and every single one of them really focuses on giving back and doing what we can to help out young people in our schools,” Hollinger said.

That’s done through fundraising programs and the like.

Hollinger said he plans to expand the Marco’s concept around the Knoxville area — at 22 planned sites over the next eight years — and offered opportunities for prospective franchisees.

Marco’s Pizza in Farragut will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays.

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