“Little Caesars brand, history and simple business model are great
benefits to franchise developers. We have a simple operating
system that works and franchisees appreciate the strong
foundation we provide which allows them to focus on what is
important to them – growing their business.”

Ed Ader, Director of Franchise Development

Franchise Availablity

As the fastest growing pizza chain in the U.S., there’s no denying that Little Caesars is doing something right.* The company is an international brand and household name – and it has come a long way since its start as a single store in metro Detroit in 1959 and the opening of its first franchise in 1962. Today, Little Caesars is seeking additional growth opportunities and is looking for franchisees to help bring HOT-N-READY® pizza to a wide range of communities nationwide. There are opportunities in nearly every state.

*Fastest growing pizza chain in the U.S. – based on net number of stores added each year 2008-2015.

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Classic Express
Minimum 800 square feet

Full menu and staff

  • Separate entrance (can be connect through interior door, but needs separate exterior door)
  • Full menu and staff
  • Full franchise support and training (six weeks in Detroit)

Self-Serve Express
475 square feet

Limited menu with self-service warming oven

  • Grab-and-go concept
  • 1-2 dedicated employees
  • Limited Express menu
  • Optional breakfast menu available
  • Full franchise support and training (on-site)

Cashier Express
675 square feet

Limited menu with separate register

  • Lower labor
  • Limited Express menu
  • Optional breakfast menu available
  • Full franchise support and training (on-site)



Little Caesars Veterans Program aims to honor those who have served our country by providing honorably discharged veterans with a business opportunity when they transition to civilian life or seek a career change.

As part of this program, qualified veterans are eligible to receive financial incentives to help them open a franchise with Little Caesars. Incentives include a reduced franchise fee for the first restaurant and various credits on equipment, marketing and administrative services.



Come meet our team at these upcoming public events:

Atlanta Market Presentation

Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria
200 Interstate North Parkway SE Atlanta, GA 30339
September 5, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Minneapolis Market Presentation

Double Tree by Hilton
7800 Normandale Blvd. Minneapolis, MN 55439
Vista Room 2202
Sept. 10, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Start Up Costs
Initial franchise fee $20,000 except as provided below

$15,000 for additional franchise by existing franchisee under the same franchise number

$15,000 for full-term franchisees (as defined in Item 5 of the Franchise Disclosure Document); $10,000 for full-term franchisee if the royalty rate is higher than in original agreement and the ownership of the franchise has not changed from outset of the original agreement
Rent $1,500 to $7,000/month
Leasehold improvement $50,000 to $750,000
Fixtures, equipment and
$170,000 to $335,000
Grand Opening advertising $12,000 to $20,000
Franchisee training expenses $8,000 to $11,000
Start-up inventory and supplies $63,000 to $154,000
Insurance $500 to $1,500/month
Utility expenses $1,000 to $5,000/month
Licenses and permits
$1,000 to $20,000/year
Estimated needs for the first
3 months of operation
$17,000 to $47,000
Total $334,000 to $1,370,500

Financial Investment

To qualify for consideration, prospective franchisees should have a minimum of $100,000 in liquid assets, a net worth of $250,000 or greater and have the ability to obtain financing to
cover the cost of opening a location.

The estimated investment for a Little Caesars carryout location ranges from $334,000 to $1,370,500 (see below). Stores in the higher end of the range are typically free-standing buildings,
not strip center locations. Costs differ based on a variety of factors.


Estimated Timeline

The steps to complete the application process with Little Caesars

STEP 1 Submit your application with supporting documents.

STEP 2 Your application, along with supporting documents,
will be reviewed by Little Caesars.

Step 3 If you meet our initial qualifications, you will be sent a Franchise Disclosure Document. This will assist you with your due diligence and decision to purchase a franchise well in advance of any commitments or obligations.

Step 4 After you sign and return the Franchise Disclosure Document, a franchise license advisor will contact you to schedule a Discovery Day and Interview.

Step 5 Upon completion of your Discovery Day and Interview, you will be notified if you have or have not been approved to become a Little Caesars franchisee.

Step 6 Once approved and a deposit is submitted, you will attend a real estate training and site selection class.

Step 7 After you secure a location, you will attend an eight-week in-store operations training program. Construction of an approved site usually begins while you are in training and is typically near completion by the end of the class session.

Step 8 Grand Opening! Congratulations, you did it!

Estimated total process = 120 to 365 days


8600 Napier Road, Building Two
Northville, MI 48168
Contact: Gary Vetter
(800) 573-3149
(248) 374-9366 Fax
[email protected]

801 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Suite 205
Plymouth, MI 48170
Contact: Laura Crowther Good
[email protected]

707 Skokie Blvd, Suite 540
Northbrook, IL 60062
Contact: Jesse Parker
(888) 747-4227
(847) 374-9400 Fax
[email protected]

503 Highway 2 West
Devils Lake ND 58301
Contact: Kevin Merrill
(800) 451-7087
(800) 215-6799 Fax
[email protected]