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First Marco’s Pizza restaurant set to open in Sacramento area

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Ohio-based chain Marco’s Pizza is set to open its first location in the Sacramento area.

The new restaurant will be in the Westbridge Plaza shopping center at 2230 Lake Washington Blvd. in West Sacramento, said franchisee Carly Montoya.

Montoya, while previously working for the U.S. Department of Commerce, said she first tasted pizza from Marco’s in Denver while organizing an event there.

“It was love at first slice,” she said.

Montoya hopes to replicate this experience for her customers in her 1,600-square-foot establishment, she said. Opening was originally scheduled for June 16, but has since been delayed.

She’s hired about 30 employees, many of whom have never had a job before, she said.

There are more than 900 Marco’s Pizza locations in the United States, 10 of which are in California. The company plans on expanding to 1,000 locations nationwide by the end of the year.

Marco’s Pizza offers several kinds of toppings for pizzas, a handful of sub sandwiches, a few salad options, plus chicken wings and bread sticks.

The nearest location to Sacramento is currently in Clovis, which has a 3.5 star rating on Yelp. A large deluxe pizza costs just under $20 there.

This story was updated June 14 to reflect a delay in opening the restaurant.

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