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Little Caesars opens

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By Dave Bell

A chain of pizza restaurants that was launched by a Detroit Tiger baseball player in Michigan in 1959 is Vandalia’s newest restaurant.

Now, nearly 55 years later, Little Caesars Pizza is the largest carry-out pizza chain in the world.
And with good reason, say local franchisees, Joe and Lisa Wills of Beecher City.
“The $5 14-inch pizzas and having it ready all day long set us apart,” said Lisa, a former medical transcriptionist, who also has worked in several restaurants. She now manages the day-to-day operation of the Little Caesars in Vandalia.
In addition to the three varieties of always-ready pizza (cheese, sausage and pepperoni), customers can order specialty pizzas, or try the bread sticks or the chicken wings.
Little Caesars opened last Wednesday, and had its grand opening on Saturday. Located at 1611 Veterans Ave., it’s open from 11 a.m. until at least 9 p.m. (perhaps 10 p.m. if business levels justify). The telephone number is 283-2300.
“It’s a family-oriented business,” said Joe, who works as a commercial loan officer at People’s Bank in Altamont. “We have five boys, and we’ve been involved with athletics over the years. We’d like to continue that involvement with the schools and with the entire community.
“A lot of our employees are from Vandalia and the surrounding communities.”
Both Lisa and Joe are pleased with the first week.
“Overall, we’re very happy with the way things have gone,” Joe said. “We’re pleased with the support the community has given.”