Carl's Jr.

Carl's Jr.

Burgers
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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#202 Ranked #100 last year
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Initial investment
$1.6M - $2.2M
Units as of 2020
1,653 2.3% over 3 years

Company Overview

In 1941, Carl N. Karcher and his wife Margaret took $15 in savings, borrowed another $311 on their car, and bought a hot dog cart in Los Angeles. They grew their business to four carts before opening the first Carl's Drive-In Barbecue in 1945 and adding hamburgers to the menu. The first Carl's Jr. locations-- so-named because they were smaller than the drive-ins-- opened in the 1950's. Today the company has locations throughout the West and Southwest, and is known for menu items such as its Six Dollar Burgers.

About Carl's Jr.

Industry
Food
Related Categories
Hamburgers
Founded
1945
Parent Company
CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc.
Leadership
Ned Lyerly, CEO

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1984 (37 years)
# of employees at HQ
382
# of Units
1,653 (as of 2020)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
6700 Tower Cir., #1000
Franklin, TN 37067

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Carl's Jr. franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee
$25,000 - $35,000
Initial Investment
$1,603,000 - $2,168,000
Net Worth Requirement
$1,000,000
Cash Requirement
$300,000
Veteran Incentives
50% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee
4%
Ad Royalty Fee
6%
Term of Agreement
20 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes

Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing
Carl's Jr. has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training
400 hours
Classroom Training
51 hours
Additional Training
12 weeks of management training & at grand opening
Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
Website Development

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Additional Rankings

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Ranked #202

Franchise 500 Ranking

Ranked #18

Top Global Franchises

Ranked #5 in Hamburgers

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Updated: February 8th, 2021