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61. Carls Jr.

Last Year's Rank: 64

Investment Range: Over $1 Million

Category: Restaurant

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Company Description


Carl’s Jr. is an American-based quick service restaurant chain operated by CKE Restaurant Holdings. The company has more than 1,400 locations worldwide, and Carl’s Jr. is CKE’s predominant brand in the Western U.S. Carl’s Jr. opened the company’s first restaurant in India in 2015, giving CKE 36 countries of operations.

The company’s advertising generally targets “Young, Hungry Guys,” or males between the ages of 18-34. In many U.S. locations, Carl’s Jr. is cobranded with another CKE company, Green Burrito. Along with the previously released all-natural burgers and all-natural turkey burgers, the chain introduced an all-natural chicken breast fillet in the summer of 2016 to appeal to millennials and health-conscious consumers.

Company Statistics


Global Sales: $1,915,000,000*

US Units: 1,163

International Units: 421

Total Units: 1,584

Percent Franchised: 92%

% International Units: 27%

US Franchised Units: 1,041

International Franchised Units: 421

Sales Growth %: 4.0%

Unit Growth %: 4.0%

*Franchise TImes Estimate

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