First announced in late 2014, the planned new headquarters building will be built immediately to the south of the Fox Theatre along Columbia, which will remain open with retail along both sides. Currently the Ilitch family houses its headquarters for its far-flung pizza, sports, and entertainment enterprises in the Fox itself. Announcing the new building then, executives said the office facilities in the Fox Theatre building were badly overcrowded.
The new building, measuring 234,000 square foot, will ease that crowding. The building also represents a portion of the $1.2-billion Ilitch-directed district taking shape with the new Little Caesars Arena under construction as the centerpiece. The arena, future home of the Ilitch-owned Detroit Red Wings, is schedule to open in the fall of 2017 in time for the Red Wings’ home opener.
The plan seems to all fall into line with the Ilitch vision in shaping Downtown to be lined with the smell of Detroit business once more. About 700 Little Caesars staffers will work in the new building. The final cost has not yet been estimated but Marquardt said it will be entirely financed privately by Little Caesars with no tax incentives. “We’re thrilled to reach the next step in the development of a building that will be an integral part of The District Detroit and the city’s revitalization,” said David Scrivano, president and CEO of Little Caesars. “As we continue our explosive global expansion, we’re proud to build an exceptional workplace right in the heart of the city that helped make Little Caesars one of the world’s largest pizza chains.”