Carl's Jr.

With a delicious menu and instant brand recognition, it's easy to see why Carl's Jr.® is known as America's premier burger chain. We are looking for experienced operators to join our team. By providing world-class training and support, this turn-key opportunity has been designed with your success in mind. Contact us today to learn more!

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What Does a Carl's Jr. Franchise Cost?

To buy a franchise with Carl's Jr., you'll need to have at least $500,000 in liquid capital and a minimum net worth of $1,000,000. Franchisees can expect to make a total investment of at least $1,300,000. They also offer financing via 3rd party. *

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Financial requirements for this franchise:
Liquid Capital:$500,000
What does Liquid Capital mean?
Net Worth:$1,000,000
What is Net Worth?
Total Investment:$1,300,000
What does Total Investment mean?
Misc. Costs:TCI does not include real estate


Options available to Franchisees:
Financing:Via 3rd party

Franchisor Details

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

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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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Carl's Jr. is currently accepting inquiries from the following states:

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington

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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* This information may have changed since first published. We recommend that you always verify fees, investment amounts, and offers with the business opportunity directly prior to making a decision to invest.