In an “overnight success” story that took nearly 15 years, Hardee’s is blossoming as the soon-to-be-stronger sibling of CKE Restaurants Inc., said chief executive Andrew Puzder. Over the past decade, average unit volumes for the St. Louis, Mo.-based chain have climbed steadily from $715,000 in 2001 to $1.05 million this year, catching up to now-struggling sister brand Carl’s Jr. , where units average about $1.3 million. Hardee’s same-store sales were up ...

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