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Marco's Pizza appoints Gerardo Flores as chief development officer

Marco's Pizza appoints Gerardo Flores as chief development officerProvided

Marco's Pizza has appointed Gerardo Flores to the role of chief development officer. Flores will focus on sales, real estate and construction, according to a press release.

Flores most recently served as vice president of real estate at Tropical Café. He had also worked for Jersey Mike's Subs, where he was the vice president of real estate. He's also held positions with Quiznos, Cold Stone Creamery and PetSmart.

Gerardo Flores. Provided.

"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 the press release. "My hope is that I'll be able to make an immediate impact by improving processes that help grow the brand faster and more efficiently. My initial focus is to solidify the team and make all three pillars — sales, real estate (and) construction — work seamlessly together. With this, I have full confidence we'll be able to actualize our development goals while expanding with franchisees who embrace our people-first approach to business."

Marco's franchise expansion continues to accelerate with more than 200 stores in various stages of development and more than 350 agreements signed.

"We've set forth aggressive franchise development growth goals, and bringing in a strong franchise leader is paramount to deliver on our future success," Tony Libardi, co-CEO and president of Marco's Pizza, said in the press release. "With decades of increasingly successful franchise experience in the quick-service restaurant industry, Gerardo brings a vision and growth business mindset as we continue to expand across the country and beyond."

Marco's Pizza operates more than 1,100 stores in 33 states with locations in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.

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