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For Immediate Release
February 12, 2017
CONTACT: Tina Orozco
Communications Manager
[email protected]

Ilitch Family to Host Public Visitation for Mike Ilitch at Fox Theatre Grand Lobby on Wednesday, February 15

Public Also Invited to Share Memories and Condolences on Public Memorial Display at Comerica Park “Big Tiger” Beginning Monday, February 13 at 1 p.m.


The Ilitch family today provided details on ways in which community members can share their memories and pay their respects to Mike Ilitch.

Details for public memorials and opportunities to share condolences are as follows:

Beginning February 13 at 1 p.m. – Public Memorial Display at Comerica Park

Beginning Monday, February 13 at 1 p.m., community members are invited to share memories or write messages of condolence on a temporary, public memorial site to be organized outside of Comerica Park, near the “Big Tiger”. Memorial sentiments will be saved and shared with family.

February 15, Noon – 8 p.m. – Public Visitation at the Fox Theatre Grand Lobby

Mr. Ilitch will lie in repose for a public visitation on Wednesday, February 15, from noon – 8 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the historic Fox Theatre. Community members are invited to the lobby of this national historic site that Mike and his wife Marian fully restored and established as the world headquarters of Little Caesars in 1989.

Additional memorial opportunities and recognition events will be planned, including at Joe Louis Arena, the Lakeland Complex and the Little Caesars Arena construction site.

Family Statement

The family shares the following statement in appreciation for the support of the community during this difficult time:

"To everyone who has so graciously remembered Mike Ilitch, we extend a heartfelt thank you. The volume of condolences and kind wishes overwhelms us, and we appreciate it more than words can express. We know that he would’ve been touched by the outpouring of support, especially from this community that he so loved. We will miss him tremendously, and we are grateful, humbled and comforted to know that his lifetime was filled with well-lived moments."

Mr. Ilitch, the co-founder of Little Caesars Pizza, owner of the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings, Chairman of Ilitch Holdings, and champion for Detroit, died February 10 at age 87.

The Ilitch family will hold a small, private memorial service for close friends and family members in the coming days. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mike Ilitch be made to:

Ilitch Charities

The Detroit Red Wings Foundation

The Detroit Tigers Foundation

Free parking will be available in the Fox Garage and the surface lots in front of Comerica Park.

Note to media: A technical advisory with information on logistics to cover the public viewing will soon follow.

Images, news release and additional information are available on the Media Center at

About Little Caesars® Pizza

Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, Little Caesars® is the largest carryout-only pizza chain in the United States1. Founded in 1959 as a single, family-owned restaurant, Little Caesars® has become the third largest pizza chain in the world2 with stores in 24 countries and territories worldwide, including in each of the 50 U.S. states.

Known for its HOT-N-READY® pizza and famed Crazy Bread®, Little Caesars® has been named “Best Value in America” for eleven years in a row3. Little Caesars® products are made with quality ingredients, like fresh, never frozen, mozzarella and Muenster cheese, dough made fresh daily in the stores and sauce made from fresh-packed, vine-ripened California crushed tomatoes.

An exceptionally high growth company with more than 59 years of experience in the nearly $135 billion worldwide pizza industry, Little Caesars® is continually looking for franchisee candidates to join our team in markets around the world. In addition to providing the opportunity for entrepreneurial independence in a franchise system, Little Caesars® offers strong brand awareness with one of the most recognized and appealing characters in the country, Little Caesar®.

* Alaska and Hawaii may be priced higher.

1 Largest carry-out only pizza chain in the US – based on net number of stores in 2018
2 Third largest pizza chain in the world – based on net number of stores in 2018
3 “Highest Rated Chain – Value for the Money” based on a nationwide survey of national quick-service restaurant customers conducted by Sandelman & Associates, 2007–2017.