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Marco's Pizza opens 13th Avenue location

Alex Johnson and Sahara Rex take out a pizza Tuesday, June 18, at Marco's Pizza in West Fargo. Logan Werlinger

Marco's Pizza is committed to making quality authentic Italian pizza using only the freshest of ingredients.

And that is what owner Joe Deck says sets his business apart.

"We make the dough fresh daily on site, as we also do with our pizza sauce, and our cheese is always fresh, never frozen."

On that note, the West Fargo Marco's Pizza, located at 745 13th Ave. E., opened June 15 to a rousing reception, featuring a variety of regular and specialty pizzas, subs, salads, and extra fun in the form of cheesy bread, cinnasquares, chicken wings and dippers.

Customers can eat-in, or order for pickup or delivery to a limited area that includes all of West Fargo and parts of Fargo.

Founded in 1978, Marco's Pizza has grown to be one of the fastest-growing pizza chains in the country. With headquarters in Toledo, Ohio, there are now more than 250 locations in 20 states and the Bahamas.

This is the second Marco's store in North Dakota for Deck, who opened one in Grand Forks, where he lives, last year.

As a special introduction to the West Fargo Marco's Pizza, Deck will be holding a grand opening for the next couple of months starting with a special mailer promoting the menu that residents and businesses of the service area should have already received in their mailboxes.

Deck said that Marco's has become known for its great specialty choices which include the White Cheezy -- an award winner in the Grand Forks market -- featuring a four cheese combination and a secret blend garlic and butter sauce; and the Pepperoni Magnifico topped with two kinds of pepperoni, classic traditional and old world with just the right touch of spice.

The business will also be a featuring a buffet in the near future that will include a salad bar and a variety of pizza offerings.

Marco's has 35 employees, ten of them full time, with the three managers all local.

Deck, who owns the franchise rights for the state of North Dakota and north central Minnesota is actually looking for people to join him in creating more stores.

He currently has plans in the works to to open another Marco's in south Fargo the end of the year.

Hours of operation at the West Fargo Marco's Pizza are: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m to 10 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight. Orders can be placed by calling 701-277-5700 or by going online at

Deck encourages pizza lovers to give Marco's a try, describing pricing as "very reasonable for families or anybody."

He said he is excited about the prospects for his newest Marco's location. "I have always been partial to West Fargo. The neighborhood people are very midwestern and very friendly and we would like to thank community officials for making it so businessly friendly for us to come in. Everybody has been so accommodating from the building inspector to the fire department to the police. We look forward to serving West Fargo and the Fargo area."