Ex-Buckeye lineman to open 10 new pizza stores

A former Ohio State University Buckeyes defensive lineman has purchased three Dayton-area Marco’s Pizza restaurants and plans to open 10 more in the Dayton-Springfield region.

Dan Cutillo, who started his career with Toledo-based Marco’s Pizza chain in 1987, already owned and operated eight stores in northwest and west-central Ohio before purchasing existing Marco’s locations in Dayton, Kettering and West Carrollton in July. Two other Dayton-area stores – in Moraine and Springboro – are operated by a separate franchisee.

“We’ve got big growth plans,” Cutillo said. “A lot of good things are happening in the Dayton area, and we want to develop at least 10 more in the area of Dayton, Springfield, Centerville, Fairborn and Huber Heights.”

In addition to becoming a Dayton-area Marco’s developer and franchisee, Cutillo is also developing the Columbus-area market, and is scheduled to open a store in Upper Arlington next week.

Cutillo, who grew up on Long Island, has connections to the Dayton area. After playing and lettering on the Buckeye football team from 1971 through 1973, he married Centerville High School graduate Barbara Mouche, who is now a business partner in the Marco’s Pizza venture along with their daughter Cameron and son-in-law, Brandon Smith.

The Dayton-Springfield region is a hotbed of pizza-store competition, with regional chains such as Dewey’s, Godfather’s and Jet’s all opening new stores in recent and future months on turf already dotted with venerable Dayton-based chains such as Cassano’s Pizza King and Marion’s Piazza; by national chains such as Pizza Hut and Domino’s; and by the dozens of single-store independents and smaller chains that call the Miami Valley home.

But Marco’s has enjoyed growth as well. “When I started with the company in 1987, there were 30 stores. Now, there are over 500,” Cutillo said.

Marco’s, founded in 1978, is seeking to expand to more than 600 locations worldwide by the end of the year, company officials say.

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