Hardee's Franchise

Burgers, chicken & biscuits

Hardee's was founded in 1960 by Wilbur Hardee and has grown to more
than 2,000 restaurants around the world. CKE Restaurants acquired
Hardee's in 1997 and now, along side Carl's Jr., Hardee's is part of one
powerful concept with two global banners. Hardee's is a platform for
success for operators around the world.
Over the years, Hardee's has continued its growth
with an emphasis on quality, service, and cleanliness, pioneering
concepts such as partial table service and self-serve beverage bars. The
introduction of our Fresh Baked Buns™ in 2013 and our All Natural
Burger™ in 2015 confirm our constant emphasis on product innovation and
represent our focus on satisfying the tastes of young, hungry consumers.

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How much does it cost to open a Hardee's Franchise?

The estimated investment required to open a Hardee's Franchise is between $1,454,000-$2,046,000. There is an initial franchise fee of $25,000-$35,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Hardee's name.

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When did the first Hardee's open? 1961
When did Hardee's start Franchising? 1962

United States: Mid West, North East, North West, South, South East,


Expense In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee No No
Startup Costs No No
Equipment No No
Inventory No No
Accounts Receivable No No
Payroll No No

Available at franchisee's location, 8 weeks management training & at grand opening

Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives

Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising

Franchisees required to buy multiple units/master licenses; 100% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed.

Business Experience:

  • Industry experience
  • General business experience
  • Preferable operational experience in a restaurant, but will consider people who have owned their own business

  • To calculate how much income a franchise owner can do at Hardee's Franchise, may vary on factors like location, size etc., On the other side as a business owner your goals to maintain the quality of service while streaming sales high and expenses low. As any other franchise may include rent/mortgage, staffing/family, inventory supplies, utilities, administrative costs vise vera. Location to location and seasons the months costs may vary. Most franchises start up costs are typically fixed and they will cover most of the initial operating costs like signage, furniture, decoration and renovations.

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