Friday, May 8, 2009

Redeux News: Happy 50th Little Caesar's!


Today is the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Little Caesar's Pizza now headquartered in Detroit Michigan!


Mike and Marian Illitch began with one store in Garden City Michigan in 1959; later moving their headquarters to Farmington Hills. In the late 1980s, Mike Illitch announced that he was moving Little Caesar's to downtown Detroit in the area of the then-forlorn Fox Theatre area. Everyone said: "Why in the world would you move from the 'burbs to Detroit"?!?!?
But the Illitch's had a vision for a rebuilding of Detroit. First, they renovated Fox Theatre which led to the whole revitalized theatre district of Foxtown; then they bought the Detroit Red Wings which led to Hockeytown; next was the purchase of the Detroit Tigers and the building of Comerica Park; the development of Olympia Entertainment (do YOU remember the Olympia Stadium--if so, you ARE an Old School Detroiter!); and Marian Illitch is a major owner of the Motor City Casino!

 
(Now, people are asking: "When are the Illitches going to buy the Detroit Lions? PLEASE!")


All because Mike and Marian Illitch believed in Detroit! While some of their acquisitions and decisions may have been controversial, it cannot be argued that the Illitch Family and the entire Little Caesar's Empire have been good for Detroit!

All Photo Credits (except Mike Illitch [Forbes], Olympia Stadium, and Little Caesar's): ME with my Blackberry Bold!

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