Hardee's has built a position as one of the America's premier burger brands, who operates and franchises more than 1,900 quick-service restaurants in 30 US states.
Hardee's typically operates under a 20-year net lease, mostly NNN leases with rental bumps every five (5) years. The store locations are usually in suburban areas throughout Midwest and Southeast regions and are currently expanding into Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, and New England. The average Hardee's freestanding locations range from 2,500 - 3,500 SF situated on 0.60 - 1.50 of land. The prototypical store model offers a drive-thru window and the configuration is adaptable to a variety of alternative uses.
Wilber Hardee opened his first namesake restaurant in Greenville, North Carolina in 1960. He opened his first franchise five months later and over the years his burger chain has spread through Midwestern and Southeastern United States. In April 1997, CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Carl's Jr., paid $327 million for Hardee's. The merger created a chain of 3,828 restaurants - 3,152 Hardee's outlets in 40 US states and 10 countries and 676 Carl's Jr. outlets primarily in California. Today, Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., have grown to 42 states and 25 foreign countries and US Territories.