Mike and Marian Ilitch invest their life savings into their first pizza store in Garden
City, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.
Marian carefully recorded Little Caesars very first sales in a spiral notebook.
The first franchise opened in Warren, Michigan. The business decision to expand through franchising paved the way for Little Caesars to become the fastest growing pizza chain in the U.S. and an internationally known brand.*
Little Caesars logo becomes a 3D figure used in outdoor signage.
*Fastest growing pizza chain in the U.S. – based on net number of stores added each year 2008-2015.
Little Caesars opens its first location in
the city of Detroit.
The Ilitches purchase a mushroom farm to improve mushroom quality
and pricing. Little Caesars Mushroom Farms, Inc. ultimately expanded to become Little
Caesars primary, full-service distribution company known today as Blue Line Foodservice
The Little Caesars Love Kitchen begins traveling the country providing free, hot pizza to the hungry and homeless, as well as disaster survivors.
The Ilitches commissioned a dramatic renovation of the 10-story office building adjacent to the Fox Theatre, which they purchased in 1987, establishing a new world headquarters in Detroit.
Shakerboards are introduced to advertise the