Hardee’s beats out its western counterpart (Carl’s Jr., ranked 15th) in the battle between CKE Restaurants burger franchises. Their price tags are comparable (about $1.4 to $1.9 million for each), but there are 2,226 Hardee’s units across the globe, which is about 27.4 percent more than the 1,616 Carl’s Jr. units.
You can find available markets and request more information for both franchises here.
CEO: Jason Marker
Business headquarters: Franklin, Tenn.
Franchising since: 1962
Initial investment: $1,431,500 to $1,949,000
Initial franchise fee: $25,000 to $35,000
New units in 2017: 80 units (3.7 percent)
Training: 80 hours on the job, 32 hours in the classroom (eight weeks of additional management training and at grand opening)
Marketing support: Co-op advertising, ad templates, national media, regional advertising, social media, SEO, website development, email marketing, loyalty program/app
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