Little Caesars Pizza moves to new location
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
After nearly 10 years being located among a strip of retail stores in downtown Grayling, Little Caesars Pizza has moved to a more visible location in the community.
Little Caesars, which is now at 5604 M-72 West, opened for business on Jan. 24. Spicy Bob’s Italian Express was formerly located on the property.
Along with having its own free-standing store with a pick-up window, franchise owner Scott Tuch said the new location is more customer friendly.
“The biggest reason was for more visibility than anything else,” he said.
Tuch added that the new location offers better accessibility to the business for customers.
“Once they changed the I-75 Business Loop from being three lanes instead of four lanes, it just got tougher to get in and out,” he said. “I’ve never had a problem getting in and out of here, so hopefully this is an improvement for everybody coming in.”
The new location offers limited seating for customers, which couldn’t be offered in the past due to building code restrictions.
Tuch said he made a substantial investment in the business, in line with the revitalization efforts taking place in Grayling.
“It was a total tear down, basically,” he said. “Anybody that went past saw no roof and just three cinder block walls. Everything in here is new from the ground up.”
Tuch also has Little Caesars franchises in Manistee, Boyne City, Cheboygan, East Jordan, and Petoskey.
Little Caesars founders Mike and Marian Ilitch invested their life savings into their first pizza store in Garden City, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, in 1959.
The first Little Caesars franchise opened in Warren, Michigan in 1962.
“The business decision to expand through franchising paved the way for Little Caesars to become the fastest growing pizza chain in the U.S. and an internationally known brand,” according to littlecaesars.com.
Tuch said he appreciates carrying on the family tradition.
“I like that it is so family oriented. It’s is still a family owned business,” he said. “Little Caesars is not a corporation – it’s all family and I love that.”
The Ilitch family also owns the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers.
Tuch recalled munching on Little Caesars pizza during his childhood in Detroit.
“I remember sitting in front of the console TV, watching Red Wings hockey and eating Little Caesars pizza with my dad,” Tuch said. “For me it’s a fond childhood memory and the older I get, I appreciate those things more and more.”
Since moving to the new location, Tuch added two employees, bringing his total workforce up to 13. More employees may be added for the busy tourism season.
“I think this summer, I can see where we could bring on a couple more,” Tuch said.