Carl’s Jr. Celebrates 80th Anniversary

by Katie Lee

Nashville, Tenn. — Carl’s Jr.® is turning 80 years old this year. Since Carl Karcher opened his first hot dog cart in Los Angeles in 1941, Carl’s Jr. has since grown into an innovative brand with an international footprint.

“As a team member who has been with CKE Restaurants for more than 30 of Carl’s Jr.’s extraordinary 80-year history, I have had the honor to hold a front row seat to many iconic milestones this brand has achieved thanks to Carl Karcher’s dream,” says Ned Lyerly, CEO of CKE Restaurants Holdings. “The history of the brand is woven into our DNA and it continues to shine through every new innovation as we take Carl’s Jr. to new heights each year.”

To this day, the Karcher Family is still involved in the brand as franchisee owners and board members.

“The Karcher family is proud to still be a part of the Carl’s Jr. brand 80 years after my grandfather started this journey with just a hot dog stand,” says Lauren Karcher. “It’s a huge honor for us to still be involved with the brand as franchise owners, and we are the biggest cheerleaders when Carl’s Jr. reaches huge milestones like this one.”

CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., a privately held company based in Franklin, Tenn., runs and operates Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. With both a U.S. and international footprint, Carl’s Jr. Restaurants LLC and Hardee’s Restaurants LLC have over 3,900 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 44 states and 42 foreign countries and U.S. territories. For more information, visit, and



SOURCE: CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.

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