Milestones

  • On May 8, 1959, the dynamic husband and wife team, Mike and Marian Ilitch, opened the first Little Caesars® Pizza restaurant in Garden City, Michigan.
  • In 1962, the Ilitches sold the first Little Caesars® franchise. 
  • In 1969, Little Caesars® became an international chain with the opening of its first restaurant in Canada, in Waterloo, Ontario.
  • By the end of 1969, Little Caesars® had 65 restaurants and had expanded into Ohio and Indiana. 
  • Outstanding value has been the key to Little Caesars® success, especially with the introduction of Pizza!Pizza!® in the mid 1970s, offering a great value to consumers.
  • Little Caesars® made the "buy one get one free" concept a marketing mainstay in the fast food industry with its introduction of Pizza!Pizza!
  • By the end of 1987, Little Caesars® was truly a national chain with restaurants in all 50 states. 
  • Little Caesars® is known for its many innovations in the fast food industry. It was the first pizza restaurant to serve pizza in minutes at lunch, to have a drive-through/pick-up window, and to operate in a stadium.
  • In 2004, Little Caesars® launched the popular HOT-N-READY® pizza offer – a pepperoni or cheese pizza ready when the customer is; no need to call ahead and no wait.
  • Little Caesars® is a good corporate citizen in the community, providing jobs and often providing a great experience for young, first-time employees.
  • The Little Caesars® Veterans Program was created in 2006. It provides significant discounts and credits to honorably discharged veterans who are transitioning to civilian life or seeking a career change and want to own their own Little Caesars® restaurant.
  • Little Caesars® is aggressively pursuing expansion in both the domestic and international marketplaces.
  • Little Caesars® philosophy is to give back to the community by supporting many charities, family causes, and youth sports.
  • Little Caesars® remains a family owned business that is still headed by its founders. Its franchise community is made up of hundreds of family business owners.
  • A dynamic force in the restaurant industry for more than five decades, Little Caesars® continues to blaze new trails and to respond to the changing needs of the marketplace.