CKE: to open 600th international restaurant

Carpinteria / CA. (cke) CKE Restaurants, parent company of «Carl´s Jr.» and «Hardee´s», has reached a significant milestone with the opening of its 600th international restaurant location. Opened on June 23 by franchisee The Caspian International Restaurants Company, a division of Kuwait Food Company, the opening of the Astana, Kazakhstan-based Hardee´s demonstrates the brand´s continued momentum and popularity worldwide. Aggressive global expansion goals include 1’000 international Carl´s Jr. and Hardee´s locations by 2017. «Around this time last year we celebrated the opening of our 500th international restaurant in St. Petersburg, Russia. In just over one year, we have grown our international portfolio by another 100 units, an incredible achievement that is as much a testament to the strength of our brand and business offering as it is to the commitment of our franchise partners in developing Carl´s Jr. and Hardee´s abroad», said Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc. The new Astana Hardee´s location is the tenth in the country and the 271st location operated by franchisee Kuwait Food Company and affiliates. Kuwait Food Company is a longtime partner with CKE developing the Hardee´s brand throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. The opening of the 600th restaurant in Kazakhstan follows recent openings of new international Carl´s Jr. and Hardee´s locations this year in Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Mexico, New Zealand, the Bahamas and the Middle East. With the opening of the new Kazakhstan restaurant, the CKE system is now 75 percent franchised, with international locations representing 17 percent of the system.

Back to top