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Hardee's restaurants are known as the place to go for premium quality, juicy, and delicious Thickburgers.


Burger lovers throughout the Midwestern and Southeastern U.S. are having trouble deciding which they crave most: Hardee's homestyle breakfast or Hardee's lunch and dinner, featuring the award-winning, 100% Angus beef Thickburgers. Why should they choose? With Hardee's, customer's can always count on high-quality and delicious fare at an excellent value.

CKE Restaurants, Inc. (CKE), through its subsidiaries, franchisees and licensees, operates some of the most popular U.S. regional brands in quick-service and fast-casual dining, including the Carl's Jr., Hardee's, La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill and Green Burrito restaurant brands.

Hardee's History

Founded in 1960 by Wilber Hardee and acquired by CKE Restaurants, Inc. in 1997, Hardee's restaurants are located throughout the Southeastern and Midwestern United States. The chain built its reputation on a unique breakfast menu featuring Hardee's mouth-watering Made from Scratch Biscuits. Recently, with a renewed emphasis on premium quality, Hardee's has taken the lunch/dinner segment to the next level with its line of 100% Angus beef Thickburgers. Hardee's has clearly established itself as a leader in the quick-service restaurant industry.

The Thickburger line features 1/3-,1/2- and 2/3-lb. Angus beef burgers. Other menu favorites include charbroiled and crispy chicken sandwiches and delicious Crispy Curls French fries. Hardee's famous breakfast menu boasts Made from Scratch Biscuits and Breakfast Bowls.

This Opportunity Is Hot And Fresh!

The growth of the quick-service restaurant business is a story of eager young entrepreneurs, including CKE Restaurants founder and industry pioneer Carl N. Karcher, who fed America's appetite for mobility and an affordable, high-quality meal. Built alongside the emerging car culture of Southern California during and post-World War II, the quick-service restaurant industry grew with the country's expansive highways and has become a part of American life.

When you become a Hardee's franchisee, you're teaming up with one of the largest, most experienced restaurant companies around. CKE Restaurants has a coast-to-coast presence with more than 3,200 restaurants and a solid track record in quick-service restaurant experience.

Training / Support

Franchisees will benefit from 8 weeks of a hands-on management training program, plus on-site and grand opening support.

Qualification requirements

Financially strong business professional with prior experience in the food service or retail industry.

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    $863,300 to $1,257,700
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