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Marcos Pizza opening on Thompson Bridge Road this week
Marco’s Pizza owner Amit Patel stands inside a gleaming new kitchen Friday afternoon at his Thompson Bridge Road restaurant in Gainesville as he makes final checks before the store’s grand opening.

Marco’s Pizza
Friends and Family night: 4-7 p.m. Tuesday
Grand opening: Wednesday
Where: 1294 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

The fastest-growing pizza company in the U.S. will soon be open in Gainesville.

Marco’s Pizza will open its doors this week at 1294 Thompson Bridge Road, the old site of Corner Drugs.

Gainesville Marco’s Pizza owner Amit Patel said he is excited to open the new restaurant and that he believes Gainesville will be the perfect market.

“Ever since we introduced ourselves in Hall County and Oakwood, people have been raving about our pizzas and have been asking us to come to Gainesville for the longest time,” Patel said. “We have customers coming from far away just to enjoy our pizzas.”

Patel has been in the restaurant business since November 2013.

This will be Patel’s third Marco’s Pizza in the Hall County area, including one in Oakwood and another in Flowery Branch.On Tuesday, from 4-7 p.m., there will be a “Friends and Family night” event open to the public.

”The event is basically to invite all our friends and family from the community to come and enjoy and celebrate the success of our opening. People will learn what they can expect from our store; they can try different products that we have on the menu, and we’ll also make it fun,” Patel said.

Patel also said the event will include a can drive for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, a live DJ and announcements throughout the evening for customers to win free pizza for a year.

The grand opening will be on Wednesday and will also include more events and free pizza.

Though the restaurant space is small, Patel said he hopes to eventually add a covered patio outside so in total the restaurant could seat at least 55 people.

On what makes Marco’s different, Patel said, “The things we do at Marco’s to make our products is completely different from other people — that’s why we don’t compare ourselves. We make fresh dough and have fresh sauce. We choose great national brands for our meats like Tyson and Hormel. Our sauces are robust and have a great taste to them. We have a very unique product.”

The Gainesville store is still in the process of hiring employees and has so far received about 20 applications.

Patel said he wants to hire about 28 people, which would include 12 delivery persons.

Patel added that Marco’s isn’t just about pizza.

“We have exceptionally amazing sandwiches. This is the best place to come for subs. Because our sign says Marco’s Pizza, people underestimate our sandwiches, but once you try one, you’ll know how good it is.”

The joint also offers fresh salads with croutons made daily and one of Patel’s favorite menu items, “CheezyBread.”

Though the winter weather may have set his crew back a little last week, now all that is left to do is wait on licensing from the fire marshal and state and to add a few final touches.

“I feel confident that we’ll be able to open this week,” Patel said.

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