DETROIT — Twenty-five years after moving its headquarters from the suburbs to Detroit’s Fox Office Center, 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.
The new Little Caesars Global Resource Center, to be built on Woodward Avenue at Columbia Street, is Detroit’s first newly constructed corporate headquarters building in more than a decade and only the seventh since 1950. The Ilitch organization will also completely renovate the 186,000-square-foot Little Caesars Fox Office Center into a modern, flexible, open, and collaborative workspace.
“Mike and Marian Ilitch, the founders and owners of Little Caesars Pizza, have always worked to provide the very best for our employees, our customers, our city and our state,” says Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings. “This is another significant investment in our people, our company and our community.”
The building will be part of the Columbia Street neighborhood in the new Red Wings Arena development called The District Detroit and will likely include a flagship Little Caesars Pizza store; an auditorium; collaborative workspaces and meeting rooms; training facilities for franchisees, crew, and employees; test kitchens; green space; and a childcare facility. The company desires to make the building LEED Silver certified. Ilitch Holdings is seeking input from focus groups of employees and architects.
The new center will connect to the Fox Office Center by a pedestrian bridge. It will feature abundant windows to allow plenty of natural light into the building. Construction will begin in the spring and is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.
“We are excited to provide our employees, and the next generation of our employees, with new, expanded space to meet and interact, the most modern infrastructure and technologies, and world-class amenities,” says David Scrivano, president and CEO of Little Caesars. “This state-of-the-art headquarters campus will create a collaborative workspace that helps us continue to attract, train and retain the top talent and franchisees we need to continue our explosive growth and better serve our customers around the world.”
Ilitch companies currently employ 7,300 people in the city of Detroit, but the expanded world headquarters will allow for an additional 600 high-skill jobs at the company.
Mike and Marian Ilitch decided to relocate Little Caesars from the suburb of Farmington Hills to Detroit 25 years ago. At the time, companies were moving out of Detroit, not moving in. The Ilitchs restored the Fox Theatre and refurbished the Fox Office Center for their companies.
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. It recently opened franchises in Australia and Panama with additional expansion taking place worldwide.
For more information on the District Detroit, visit DistrictDetroit.com.