Since 1961, Hardees has been one of America's premium burger chains, and we are looking for experienced operators to join our team. We will give you all the tools necessary to succeed, including assistance with restaurant design, construction, training and more. Contact us today to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

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What Does a Hardee's Franchise Cost?

To buy a franchise with Hardee's, 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 $1,100,000. They also offer financing via 3rd party. *

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Financial requirements for this franchise:
Liquid Capital:$500,000
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Net Worth:$1,000,000
What is Net Worth?
Total Investment:$1,100,000
What does Total Investment mean?
Misc. Costs:TCI does not include real estate


Options available to Franchisees:
Financing:Via 3rd party

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About Us


Since 1960 we have been America's premium burger brand and now have over 1,910 restaurants around the world. Hardee's® is wholly-owned subsidiary of CKE Restaurants, Inc. CKE is the operator of more than 3,140 quick service restaurants in 14 different countries. We are now looking for an elite group of entrepreneurs to develop and operate exclusive Hardee's® franchise territories.

Hardee's® became originally known for its biscuits until the Revolution of 2003 when we decided to pare down our menu and focus on our hearty 1/3-, 1/2- and 2/3-pound Thickburger® line. Our renowned Thickburgers are made with 100% Angus beef and are a leader in both quality and taste.

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Why Hardees®?

Hardee's® realizes that Innovation Is The Difference and this what makes us stand above the rest. We consistently strive to satisfy the tastes of young, hungry customers by providing them with a premium menu and using edgy, memorable advertising. Entrepreneur Magazine has seen the success of Hardee's® and ranked us among the top 3 burger franchise opportunities in their Franchise 500 report. Our franchisees take advantage of the following:

  • NEW DESIGN Our premium positioning in the fast-food burgers segment is well represented in our new restaurant prototype.
  • NEW MENU Our customers have spoken and The new Hardee's menu gives them what they want: BIGGER, BETTER, BURGERS.
  • NEW BRANDING Our new targeted brand messaging speaks directly to the top fast food consumers: young, hungry guys.
  • NEW ECONOMICS Hardee's has experienced several years of improved economic performance that have set the brand on a steady growth trajectory.

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*$1.1 million+**
Advertising Fee4% of gross sales
Royalty Fee4% of gross sales
Unit Size2,447 sq. ft. to 3,207 sq. ft. (w/o playground)
Term of Franchise Agreement20 years
Franchise Training12 weeks


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Hardee's is currently accepting inquiries from the following states:

Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Hardee's 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.