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Marco’s Pizza opens to large crowd, gives free pizza and prizes

  • Thursday, October 31, 2013

Staff Photo by Scott Rodgers Inez Richardson receives her Marco's pizzas from Brandon Hills, general manager for the store, on Tuesday morning.

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Bridgetta Clinkscales was the 51st person in line at the new Marco’s Pizza location on 401 W. Martintown Road.


The company was offering free pizza for the first 50 customers, and as such she missed out. However, as luck would have it, 51 ended up being her lucky number.


Clinkscales, who hails from Augusta, won a Nook e-reader for her troubles. The prize was donated by First Citizens Bank.


“We got sponsors from several different businesses and First Citizens wanted to do something big,” Shawn Skrip, operations director with Marco’s Pizza, said. “So they purchased a Nook and donated it to us for our event. We wanted something big to give away even for the people who missed out on the pizza, and she ended up winning.”


Clinkscales said that even though she was right outside of the cutoff that she “loved Marco’s” and “wasn’t going to leave without some pizza anyway.”


“I was fortunate enough to get the Nook,” she said. “It’s going to go to my daughter for her college education.”


The event wrapped up a two-day-long extravaganza for the location’s grand opening.


Brandon Hills, the general manager for the store, came from the Grovetown location. He stated that the first 10 customers who spent $10 got two, free large pizzas each month.


“But just about everyone who came by today got two or three pizzas to go home with,” he said. “Or people got something from one of our sponsors.”


Hills said that Marco’s Pizza is “very happy to be a part of North Augusta” and that the turnout was “excellent” for both days.


“We’re proud to be here, and it seems like they are also proud to have us here,” he said.


Skrip said the location was deemed the best out of five or so candidates.


“I think this is our best area, and we have 36 seats for people who want to sit down,” he said. “We can also accommodate a few more if we need to. We’ll be able to deliver all around town, it’s very central to schools and homes in the area.”


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