CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. owns, operates and franchises some of the most popular brands in the quick-service restaurant industry, including the Carl’s Jr.®, Hardee’s®, Green Burrito® and Red Burrito® restaurant brands. The CKE system includes more than 3,300 restaurant locations in 42 states and in 28 countries. CKE is headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee.
The growth of the now ubiquitous quick-service restaurant is a story of eager young entrepreneurs, including CKE Restaurants founder and industry pioneer Carl N. Karcher, who fed America’s appetite for mobility and an affordable, high-quality meal. Built alongside the emerging car culture of Southern California during and post-World War II, the quick-service restaurant industry grew with the country’s expansive highways and has become a part of American life.