Hardee’s Franchise

Last Updated on July 30, 2012 by DeanR

Hardee’s Franchise

Hardee’s is a franchise for a burger restaurant. It was founded in 1960 and started franchising in 1962.

It was founded by Wilbur Hardee. The first location was opened in Greenville, North Carolina in 1960. The next location was opened in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and was owned by James Carson Gardner and Leonard Rawls. Wilbur Hardee said that the two won most of the controlling shares from him in poker. He no longer had control of the company and decided to sell the rest of his shares to them. CKE Restaurants acquired Hardee’s in 1997. It is also the parent company of the Carl’s Jr. fast food chain. They now have 1,225 locations in the United States, 203 in other countries in the Middle East and in Asia, and 473 locations that are company owned.

What is on the menu at Hardee’s?

For breakfast, they have Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Double Loaded Omelet Biscuit, Loaded Omelet Biscuit, Monster Biscuit, Loaded Breakfast Burrito, Sunrise Croissant with Bacon, Frisco Breakfast Sandwich, Cinnamon ‘N’ Raisin™ Biscuit, Country Ham Biscuit, Country Steak Biscuit, Smoked Sausage Biscuit with Egg & Cheese, Made from Scratch Biscuits, Medium Hash Rounds, Grits, Fried Bologna Biscuit, Colombian Blend Coffee, Sausage and Egg Biscuit, Biscuit ‘N’ Gravy, Sunrise Croissant with Ham, Pork Chop ‘N’ Gravy Biscuit, and Sausage Biscuit. Charbroiled Burgers includes Mushroom & Swiss Turkey Burger, 1/3 lb. Original Thickburger, 1/3 lb. Bacon Cheese Thickburger, 2/3 lb. Monster Thickburger, 1/4 lb. Little Thickburger, 1/3 lb. Low Carb Thickburger, Regular Hamburger, Double Cheeseburger, and Hamburger Kids Meal. They also have chicken and other meats such as Hand-Breaded Chicken Fillet Sandwich, Honey Mustard Hand-Breaded Chicken Tender Wrapper, Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders, Hand-Breaded Chicken Tender 15 Piece Box, Charbroiled Chicken Club Sandwich, Jumbo Chili Dog, Big Hot Ham ‘N’ Cheese, Fish ‘n’ Chips Basket, and Fish Supreme. For the sides, you can have Beer Battered Onion Rings, Natural-Cut French Fries, Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce, Creamy Buffalo Dipping Sauce, Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce, and Buttermilk Ranch Dipping Sauce. They also have desserts like Caramel Crunch Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Malt or Shake, Chocolate Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Malt or Shake, Vanilla Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Malt or Shake, Strawberry Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Malt or Shake, and Apple Turnover. They have alternative options that are gluten free, low carb, or smaller portions or sizes.

Cost and requirements on running a Hardee’s franchise

You need to have a net worth of $1,000,000 and a total liquid asset of at least $300,000. Expect to be investing about $1,182,000 to $1,584,000. The cost of Hardee’s franchise fee is $35,000 with an on-going royalty fee of 4%. This is for a renewable 20 year term agreement. They allow multi-unit ownership. They do not allow absentee ownership.

What is included in the franchise package?

There will be eight weeks training at the headquarters which will include management training and at the grand opening. You will be receiving newsletters and a toll free phone number. You will be given access to the internet and purchasing cooperatives. You will also be given assistance at the grand opening. For marketing support, there will be ad slicks, co-op advertising, regional advertising, and national media.

Hardee’s Contact Details

You may reach them at:

Address: Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc.  100 North Broadway, Suite 1200 St. Louis, MO 63102

Phone: (866) 253-7655

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