Industry News | February 12, 2009

Little Caesars Finds Eager Franchisees In-House

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More than 50 Little Caesars Pizza corporate employees, ranging from field colleagues to executives, have transitioned to careers as Little Caesars franchise business owners after seeing first-hand the opportunities that come with owning a Little Caesars Pizza franchise. Additionally, these former employees are growing their businesses, with nearly 50 percent opening three or more stores.

"Little Caesars is growing in prime markets across the country, and our corporate employees understand that joining our franchise family, especially in today's economy, is a rewarding opportunity," says David Scrivano, president, Little Caesar Enterprises Inc.

For example, former Little Caesars corporate employees Mike Scruggs, Vicki Dunn Marshall and Kerri Wallace have all transitioned to new careers as Little Caesars business owners.

Mike Scruggs is the owner of five Little Caesars restaurants in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Following 26 years of dedicated service as a Little Caesars corporate employee, the former senior vice president of global operations for Little Caesars made a career change in 2004 to pursue the American dream of owning his own business.

"Entrepreneurs like me who are looking to grow a business in these difficult economic times can feel good about becoming a franchise business owner with Little Caesars. They have a proven system that works," says Scruggs.

Vicki Dunn Marshall was 16 years old when she began her career with Little Caesars as a crew member at a Detroit area Little Caesars restaurant. After working at the Little Caesars corporate office in the company's franchise development department, she transitioned into Little Caesars franchise ownership at the age of 24.

"My experience as a Little Caesars corporate employee gave me an inside perspective on the company's simple business model and easy-to-follow operating system," says Dunn Marshall. "The opportunity to own my own business with a strong, recognized brand appealed to me. With the exceptional training and support Little Caesars offers its franchisees, I have been able to grow my Little Caesars business to include 18 locations across Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia."

Before becoming a Little Caesars franchisee in 2006, Kerri Wallace worked in the corporate office's franchise services department, where she had one-on-one daily interaction with franchisees. This gave her an understanding of the day-to-day details of the business and the potential for strong business growth.

When the opportunity to venture into franchise ownership with Little Caesars presented itself, Wallace jumped at the chance to become her own boss.

"With more than 18 years' experience with Little Caesars, transitioning to a career as a Little Caesars franchisee was a natural progression for me," Wallace says.