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For Immediate Release
September 07, 2016
CONTACT: Tina Orozco
Communications Manager
313-471-6649
[email protected]

LITTLE CAESARS® BREAKS GROUND ON FIRST HEADQUARTERS BUILDING BUILT IN DETROIT IN OVER A DECADE

Construction Underway on $150 Million Expansion to World Headquarters Campus in the Heart of The District Detroit


Project Led by Detroit Construction Manager Brinker-Christman and Detroit
Architect SmithGroupJJR

Michigan Made, Detroit Built Project Extends Ilitch Organization’s Decades-long 
Commitment to Detroit and its People

DetroitLittle Caesars and Olympia Development of Michigan are breaking ground today on a new $150 million, nine-story, 234,000 square foot, Little Caesars world headquarters expansion, to be built at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Columbia Street in The District Detroit. Twenty-seven years after moving its headquarters from the suburbs to Detroit’s Fox Office Center in the heart of downtown, Little Caesars is more than doubling the size of its current campus in Detroit to accommodate the company’s rapid global growth and hiring.

“This remarkable building, with its one-of-a-kind architecture, will be a shining example of what’s possible in our city,” said Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. “Today’s groundbreaking represents the next chapter of global growth for an iconic Detroit brand, founded by my parents, Mike and Marian Ilitch, in 1959 with a single store. My hope is that our growth, commitment and continued investment in our community and its people will serve as a catalyst for others to call Detroit and Michigan their home.”

“Building the new Little Caesars world headquarters in downtown Detroit is another example of the Ilitch family's commitment to our city's future," said Mayor Mike Duggan. "It's great to see Detroit-based companies taking the lead on this major project, which will result in employment opportunities for hundreds of our residents.”

Expected to be complete in 2018, this new expansion to the Little Caesars world headquarters campus is Detroit’s first newly constructed corporate headquarters building in more than a decade and only the seventh since 1950. This state-of-the-art headquarters campus will create a collaborative workspace that will help the company continue to attract, train and retain the top talent and franchisees needed to continue its rapid growth and better serve customers around the world. The new space will provide the most modern infrastructure and technologies, and world-class amenities to foster collaboration, innovation and connectivity.

“Mike and Marian Ilitch, the founders and owners of Little Caesars Pizza, work hard to create a culture of opportunity in our organization,” said David Scrivano, President and CEO of Little Caesars. “Today, as we break ground on an exciting new development that will anchor the Columbia Street neighborhood of The District Detroit, we’re excited to continue our longstanding commitment to the people that have helped make a single Little Caesars pizza shop into one of the world’s largest pizza chains.”

The design and workplace amenities were determined by collaborative work groups of employees and architects to ensure a flexible work environment that results in employee engagement, optimal communication and heightened productivity. Anticipated features include:

  • One of a kind, formed-glass façade in the shape of 14-foot tall pizza slices
  • Glass-covered, open air terrace and “pizza garden” with vegetables and herbs
  • Two-story lobby connected to a new Welcome Center
  • Screening room and 425-seat training room
  • Fitness center
  • Retail and dining
  • State of the art training facilities for franchisees, crew and employees
  • Innovation kitchens (quadruples the size of current facilities)

Little Caesars Experiencing Rapid, Ongoing and Global Growth
Since moving to the Fox Office Center in 1989, Little Caesars has experienced incredible growth and now needs expanded, new workspace that meets the evolving needs of employees and the business. Little Caesars is the largest carryout-only pizza chain in the world with a presence in all 50 states and 20 international markets. It recently opened franchises in Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Panama with additional expansion taking place worldwide. As an exceptionally high growth company with more than 55 years of success in the nearly $135 billion* pizza industry, Little Caesars attracts and continues to look for highly capable franchisee candidates for new market opportunities domestically and throughout the world.

Boosting The District Detroit and City’s Economy
This expansion to the Little Caesars world headquarters campus will be The District Detroit’s largest new construction to date in the Columbia Street neighborhood, which is also home to the spectacular Fox Theatre, a National Historic Landmark. Olympia Development of Michigan has organized a comprehensive effort to ensure the participation of Detroit-based and -headquartered businesses in construction of the new Little Caesars world headquarters.

The Michigan Made, Detroit Built project is led by Brinker-Christman, a Detroit-based company as construction manager, and Detroit-based architect, SmithGroupJJR. To date The District Detroit has awarded more than $315 million in contracts (nearly 60 %) to Detroit businesses and more than $500 million in contracts (more than 90 %) to Michigan businesses. The District Detroit will ultimately account for a total economic impact of more than $2 billion and create more than 12,500 construction and construction-related jobs in addition to 1,100 permanent jobs.

About Little Caesars® Pizza

Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, Little Caesars was founded in 1959 as a single, family-owned restaurant. Today, Little Caesars is the largest carryout-only pizza chain in the United States and the third largest pizza chain in the world, with stores in each of the 50 states and 24 countries and territories around the world.

Known for its HOT-N-READY® pizza and famed Crazy Bread®, Little Caesars has been named “Best Value in America” for the past twelve years (based on nationwide survey of national quick service restaurant customers conducted by Sandelman & Associates - 2007-2018 entitled “Highest Rated Chain – Value for the Money”). Little Caesars products are made with quality ingredients, like fresh, never frozen, mozzarella and Muenster cheese and sauce made from fresh-packed, vine-ripened California crushed tomatoes.

An exceptionally high growth company with 60 years of experience in the $145 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.