U.S. Military Veteran Opens Pizza Franchise Under Little Caesars Veterans Program
Innovative Program Provides Business Opportunity to Former Marine Corps Platoon Sergeant
"It is an honor to be a part of a franchise system that supports veterans for their service and provides the opportunity for us to become business owners and operators," said Tucker. "The Little Caesars Veterans Program will allow me to utilize the skills I learned in the military to run my store and build for my future."
Serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1985 to 1993, Tucker was responsible for coordinating combat aircraft and helicopter operations for the 2nd Marine Division during the Gulf War. In 1992, after his honorable discharge, he was considering other professional options for the future. He was offered the opportunity to work for his brother in-law, a Little Caesars franchisee in
When his brother in-law retired in 1999, Tucker pursued a career in the real estate industry as a broker. He remained interested in business opportunities with Little Caesars, and when he learned about the Little Caesars Veterans Program he was motivated to rejoin the brand as a franchisee.
"Little Caesars has always been committed to giving back to the communities they serve, and that's important to me," said Tucker. "I look forward to giving back to the
The Little Caesars Veterans Program was created in 2006 to thank veterans for their service and provide them with career opportunities when they transition to civilian life or seek a career change. It offers honorably discharged, service-disabled veterans, such as Tucker, who qualify as Little Caesars franchisees, a benefit of up to approximately
"With talented veterans such as Billy joining the Little Caesars team, the Little Caesars Veterans Program continues to grow and offer veterans business ownership opportunities," said
Some of the menu items Tucker will feature in his store include HOT-N-READY(R) Pizza, Crazy Bread(R),
In one of the largest U.S. quick serve restaurant research studies in 2008, Little Caesars was named the best value for the money of all quick serve restaurant chains.* Sandelman & Associates' Quick-Track(R) research study tracks key consumer behavioral and attitudinal measures for all major fast-food chains. Surveys were conducted among more than 94,000 quick service restaurant customers in 75 major markets across the U.S. Little Caesars was also named highest rated pizza chain for "Convenience of Locations" and "Speed of Service."
Since the program launched in over two years ago, interest has remained high in the Little Caesars Veterans Program. Currently, more than 50 veterans collectively are applying more than
The Center for Veterans Enterprise (part of the Department of Veterans Affairs), Marine For Life (an organization that helps Marines and Sailors transition to civilian life), and the International Franchise Association (through its VetFran program) are points of contact for the Little Caesars Veterans Program. They can provide information about the requirements and qualifications of becoming a Little Caesars franchisee.
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In addition to Little Caesars Pizza, Ilitch companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Champion Foods, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Uptown Entertainment, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, and a variety of venues within these entities.
For more information about the Little Caesars Veterans Program and available franchise opportunities, visit www.LittleCaesars.com or call 1.800.553.5776.
* "Highest-Rated Chain - Value for the Money" based on a nationwide survey of quick-service restaurant consumers conducted by Sandelman & Associates, 2008
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