Little Caesars plans downtown headquarters expansion

New building will double company's downtown footprint

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DETROIT – Little Caesars announced plans to expands its headquarters downtown with the construction of a new 205,000-square foot "global resource center" next to the Fox Theater complex.

The pizza company, owned and operated by the Ilitch family, says it will also renovate the company's existing office space in the Fox.

"This will allow the organization to house 600 additional employees in our world headquarters campus here downtown Detroit, and also add a lot of new facilities that will support the growth of the chain in terms of training, meeting spaces, innovation labs and kitchens," said Chris Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings.

The new and renovated space will effectively double the size of the company's downtown headquarters and include a flagship Little Caesars store.

"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," said David Scrivano, president and CEO of Little Caesars.

The new building is part of Ilitch Holdings' promised $650 million downtown district that includes the new Red Wings arena scheduled to open for the 2017-2018 NHL season.

"This is a transformational time 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.

Little Caesars moved downtown in 1989 after completing the Fox Theater renovation.

Construction for the new building is expected to begin in spring of 2015 and it's anticipated to be completed by the end of 2016.