Carl's Jr.

What Does a Carl's Jr. Franchise Cost in 2020?

Cash Required:$500,000
Net Worth Required:$1,000,000
Total Investment:$1,300,000

Carl's Jr. Details

Incorporated Name:Hardee's
Industry:Fast Food Restaurants
Total Units:674
Franchising Since:1996

Additional Details

TCI does not include real estate
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About Us

Carl's Jr.® is America's premier burger chain with over 1,100 restaurants around the world. We consistently out-deliver the competition with our innovative menu using sit-down restaurant quality menu items. The Carl's Jr. menu features the renowned Black Angus Beef Six Dollar Burgers. Carl's Jr. is owned by CKE Restaurants, Inc. which includes more than 3,100 locations in 42 states and 13 countries. This is a premium franchise opportunity!

Training and support

We will assist you with your Carl's Jr. from beginning to end. Before your opening our talented team members with help you with site selection, restaurant design, equipment ordering, construction, and training. After you open we will continue to assist you with:

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  • Field Support: We have an amazing team of Franchise Business Consultants

  • Operations: Periodic updates on a variety of items to assist you in operating you new restaurant

  • Franchise Services: We are just a phone call or email away with all the answers you need

  • R&D: Our state-of-the-art test kitchen is always working to improve and create new products

  • Marketing/Advertising: Our talented marketing team will continuously support you with strategic advertising and store marketing in your community

The Numbers

Minimum Financial Requirements*Net Worth $1,000,000
Liquid Assets: $300,000
ExperiencePrevious franchise or restaurant experience
Multi-Unit Development3 restaurant minimum
Development Fee*$10,000
Franchise Fees$25,000 (1st and 2nd)
$20,000 (3rd and 4th)
$15,000 (5th and more)
Total Estimated Initial Investment*$1.3 million+**
Advertising Fee5.5% of gross sales
Royalty Fee4% of gross sales
Unit Size2,450 sq. ft. to 3,212 sq. ft. (w/o playground)
Term of Franchise Agreement20 years
Franchise Training12 weeks of hands-on management training


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Please Note:

Carl's Jr. is currently accepting inquiries from the following states: Washington, Utah, Texas, Oregon, Oklahoma, Nevada, New Mexico, Idaho, Hawaii, Colorado, California, Arizona, Alaska.

Carl's Jr. is also currently accepting inquiries from Canada and outside the U.S., but not from the European Union.

Interested parties should have at least $500,000 in liquid capital to invest.

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