954pre_caeab301ef0a2b0Little Caesars and Olympia Development of Michigan broke ground on

a new $150 million, nine-story, 234,000 square foot, Little Caesars world headquarters

expansion, to be built at the corner of Woodward Ave. 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)

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 57 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.

 

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.

Michael and Marian Ilitch are prominent entrepreneurs and philanthropists in southeast

Michigan. The couple shares a commitment to developing and revitalizing the city of Detroit

through high-profile investment projects and support for Detroit-based initiatives and

organizations.

The Ilitches founded Little Caesars in 1959, and grew the company from a single storefront into

the world’s largest carryout pizza chain. This venture laid the groundwork for the development

and acquisition of numerous other businesses and sports teams. Ilitch companies include Little

Caesars, the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers, Olympia Entertainment, Blue Line

Foodservice Distribution, Champion Foods, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program,

Olympia Development and Ilitch Holdings. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch

owns MotorCity Casino Hotel. The companies collectively employ over 23,000 people and have

a total combined annual revenue of $3.3 billion.

Ilitch companies make contributions of time, money and resources to the community through

Ilitch Charities, the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, Little Caesars

Love Kitchen, Little Caesars Amateur Hockey and the Little Caesars Veterans Program. In 2015,

the Detroit entrepreneurs announced a gift of $40 million to Wayne State University to build a

state-of-the-art business school facility in Detroit, one of the top 10 gifts ever to a public

business school and the largest in the history of the university. In recognition of the Ilitches’

generosity, the school will be named the Mike Ilitch School of Business.

Milestones over 48 years of investing in the city include: Little Caesars opening its first

restaurant inside the City of Detroit in 1967; purchasing the Detroit Red Wings in 1982 and

turning the then-struggling franchise into four-time Stanley Cup champions and one of the most

respected franchises in professional sports; purchasing and restoring the historic Fox Theatre

and adjacent Fox Office Center in 1987; purchasing the abandoned Hughes and Hatcher

clothing store in 1987 and renovating it into what is now the Hockeytown Café.

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