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29. Little Caesars

Last Year's Rank: 30

Investment Range: $250K to $500K

Category: Restaurant

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Company Description


Little Caesars is the third-largest pizza chain in the United States, behind Pizza Hut and Domino’s. Today, Little Caesars has over 4,500 locations, with international units in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Starting in 2004, the company began offering “Hot-N-Ready,” a large pepperoni pizza sold for $5. The concept was successful enough to become a permanent fixture of the chain, and this shifted Little Caesar’s business model toward carryout customers.

In December 2014, Little Caesars announced plans for a new, 8-story, 205,000-foot Global Resource Center to be built in Downtown Detroit. The new headquarters will double the size of their current location. 

Company Statistics


Global Sales: $4,400,000,000*

US Units: 4,332

International Units: 1,177

Total Units: 5,509

Percent Franchised: 90%

% International Units: 21%

US Franchised Units: 3,797

International Franchised Units: 1,177

*Franchise Times Estimate

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Little Caesars is the fastest growing pizza chain in the United States and third largest pizza chain in the world.* Our proven Hot-N-Ready® pizza system has also made us the Best Value in America for 11 years in a row.** Contact us today to learn more about our exciting franchise opportunities. *Based on number of stores in 2017. **“Highest Rated Chain – Value for the Money” based on a nationwide survey of national quick-service restaurant customers conducted by Sandelman & Associates, 2007-2017.

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