Marco’s Pizza and Family Video come to town

In the mood for pizza and a movie? Marco’s Pizza and Family Video delivers.

A pass-through window allows pizza to be delivered to the video store while the person who ordered the pie selects a movie or game to take home with it. Photos by Sue Austreng

A pass-through window allows pizza to be delivered to the video store while the person who ordered the pie selects a movie or game to take home with it. Photos by Sue Austreng

That’s right, you can go online or pick up the phone, order an “ah!thentic Italian pizza” (or subs or salads) from Marco’s and request the movie or game you’d like and both will be delivered to your address.

Of course, you can also dine in at the pizza shop, then browse the selection of thousands of new and nearly new DVDs, games and Blu-rays and select some entertainment to take home for a few days.

Marco’s Pizza and Family Video is a new neighbor in town, setting up shop between Mike’s Discount Foods and Hans’ Bakery on East River Road on the corner where Coon Rapids turns into Anoka.

“We love being here and to be part of this great population – to be part of the revitalization of this corner here – is so great for us,” said Marco’s Pizza and Family Video regional manager Mark Yoo of the local shop, which opened in May.

Marco’s Pizza and Family Video – a privately owned family business – started 36 years ago in Illinois, expanded into Iowa and moved into Minnesota in 2007.

And it’s not just a franchise, Yoo said, it’s an investment in the community.

“We’re invested in this real estate. We purchased the entire property, we pay property taxes and we employ people who live in the community. We’re really invested in the community,” said Yoo, adding that he hopes Marco’s Pizza and Family Video become like family to folks in the neighborhood.

“We want to be a place people come to meet, to hang out – where you always know you’ll run into someone you know,” he said.

Keith Graven, manager of the Family Video store, echoed his regional manager’s thoughts and described the personality of his store and its staff.

“It’s really key to develop a relationship with customers, to know what they like to watch, which games they like to play, to remember their names and what’s going on,” Graven said.

And customers seem to recognize and appreciate that familiarity.

“I love the fact they have people working here who really know the movies, know the games. And everybody here is so friendly, too. I love this place,” said Renae Boxwell as she perused the DVDs on a Sunday afternoon.

Renae Boxwell chooses a selection from the “nearly new” category at Family Video. The Marco’s Pizza pass-through window (seen at left) connects the two businesses.

Renae Boxwell chooses a selection from the “nearly new” category at Family Video. The Marco’s Pizza pass-through window (seen at left) connects the two businesses.

Derek Brown, another customer who stopped by with a few friends to pick up a few DVDs, said he likes the fact that “there are real people here who actually interact with you.”

Marco’s Pizza and Family Video likes to reward customers, too, Yoo said.

“Anyone who brings in their latest report card gets a free small pizza or a free movie (rental) for every A on that report card,” he said, describing the Report Card A Program offered until Aug. 1.

“And you don’t have to be a kid with a report card – you can be any age – as long as you have a current report card with your name on it, you can get a free movie or free pizza for every A,” Yoo said and told the story of an “elderly woman” who just finished a semester at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and came in to collect her free pizza.

That pizza, like all pizza at Marco’s, is made with fresh-from-scratch dough made every day and topped with fresh vegetables, sauce, cheese and meat.

“We make fresh dough every day, our cheese is never frozen, we prep the veggies fresh every day. That’s why our pizza is so good – it’s as fresh as it gets,” said Yoo.

The movies and games offered at Family Video are fresh, too, arriving on the shelves the day studios release them for rent, but still competitively priced.

On the new release wall circling the showcase room, DVDs are offered for $1 for five nights; nearly new movies go “two for $1” for five nights.

Another section features prequels, sequels and 3-D Blu-rays. Yet another section features stand-up comedians, another is packed with family fun (G- or PG-rated movies) and another has guaranteed favorites.

“There’s something for everyone. In fact, if you choose one of the ‘favorites’ and you don’t like it, we’ll give you another one free,” Graven said.

In still another area, there are hundreds of children’s, sports and fitness, and education DVDs already offered free for five nights.

Family Video is open 10 a.m. to midnight every day.

Marco’s Pizza is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

To order pizza online, got to Marcos.com. To order on the phone, call 763-422-5099.

Marco’s Pizza and Family Video is located at 504-506 East River Road (at South Fifth Avenue), Anoka.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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