Toledo Blade:

Marco’s Pizza wants to become America’s next big pizza chain.

Driven by the vision of Jack Butorac, Jr., the Toledo company has grown to 228 stores in 17 states and the Bahamas, up from 146 stores five years ago. The company expects to have 293 stores by the end of next year.

Mr. Butorac, chief executive of Marco’s Franchising LLC, said that’s just the beginning of an aggressive growth strategy for Marco’s, founded in 1978. Franchisees have committed to help open more than 1,200 stores within the next 10 years, and the company aims for thousands more.

Photo: The Blade / Amy E. Voigt.