The global chain that Little Caesars is today began with a blind date between Mike Ilitch and Marian Bayoff that was arranged by Mike’s father in 1954. Within just a matter of months, the couple was married.
Mike and Marian Ilitch invest their life savings into their first pizza store in Garden City, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Marian carefully recorded Little Caesars very first sales in a spiral notebook.
The first franchise opened in Warren, Michigan. The business decision to expand through franchising paved the way for Little Caesars to become the fastest growing pizza chain in the U.S. and an internationally known brand.*
Little Caesars logo becomes a 3D figure used in outdoor signage.
*Fastest growing pizza chain in the U.S. – based on net number of stores added each year 2008-2015.
Little Caesars opens its first location in the city of Detroit.
Little Caesars celebrates the opening of its 50th restaurant. It also went international with the opening of its first store in Canada. Today, the company has stores in all 50 states and 18 international markets.
Mike and Marian have always considered Little Caesars employees as one big family. "I consider Little Caesars my eighth child," said Marian.