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Little Caesars Pizza Doubles Down on Detroit.

It all began in 1959 when Mike and Marian Ilitch began selling pizza at the first-ever Little Caesars location in Garden City, Michigan. Today, Little Caesars is an iconic Detroit brand and the largest carryout-only pizza chain in the world, with locations in all 50 states and 17 international markets.

To support its rapidly growing, global business, Little Caesars is building a brand-new 205,000-square-foot Global Resource Center, expanding its world headquarters campus in Detroit to more than twice its current size. It is Detroit’s first newly constructed corporate headquarters building in more than a decade and only the seventh since 1950.

This is another significant investment by Mike and Marian Ilitch in giving the best to their employees, customers, city and state. In 1989, to support their growing business, the Ilitches bucked the trend of corporate moves to the suburbs when they moved to downtown Detroit from suburban Farmington Hills, restored the Fox Theatre and refurbished the Fox Office Center for their companies including Little Caesars.

“If you look at what has taken place downtown since the Ilitch family relocated the Little Caesars’ headquarters to the Fox Theatre, you can see what a visionary move it was at the time,” said Mike Duggan, Mayor, city of Detroit. “Expanding the company’s presence along Columbia Street with its new Global Resource Center shows the Ilitches are just as engaged in Detroit’s comeback as they were 25 years ago.”

The Little Caesars Global Resource Center and headquarters campus will be part of the Columbia Street neighborhood in The District Detroit. The facility will include first-floor retail development on Woodward and Columbia Street as well. The District Detroit will transform dozens of underutilized blocks between downtown and midtown Detroit into a world-class Sports and Entertainment District, featuring the new Detroit Events Center. It will connect existing and new development efforts in downtown and midtown Detroit along Woodward Avenue with five walkable, livable mixed-use District neighborhoods.

“This is a transformational time in our city’s history and we’re honored to continue contributing to the rebirth of our proud community,” said Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. “This city and its people have helped make a single Little Caesars pizza shop into one of the world’s largest pizza chains, and we hope our growth, commitment and continued reinvestment will serve as a catalyst for others to call Detroit and Michigan their home.”

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