Carl's Jr.


Founded in 1941 by the late Carl Karcher, the Carl’s Jr. chain includes 1,124 restaurants, mostly in Western and Southern states. The quick-service burger chain is owned by Carpinteria, Calif.-based CKE Restaurants Inc., which also operates and franchises the Hardee’s brand. Carl’s Jr. is also co-branded with the Mexican Green Burrito concept.

Chain Snapshot

Segment: Quick-service

Headquarters: Carpinteria, Calif.

CEO: Andrew Puzder

Financial Data

Systemwide Sales: $1.4 billion (U.S., FY 2012)

Total Units: 1,124
(U.S., FY 2012)

Sales Per Unit: $1.26 million (Estimated, FY 2012)

Source: NRN Top 100 report


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