Carl's Jr. | Expansion

Ambitious goals for Europe

The Carl's Jr. store in Pertuis, France.
Carl's Jr.
The Carl's Jr. store in Pertuis, France.

In the first half of 2022, California-based premium burger brand Carl's Jr. has opened ten new restaurants in Europe - from Spain to Turkey. Another ten are to follow by the end of the year. Over the next three years, the company aims to double its current 75 restaurants across Europe.

The search for new franchise partners in Germany and the UK remains the main focus for further development, says Tim Lowther, general manager for Europe at Carl's Jr. "It's critical for us to be on the ground to support the local teams in each market. My cross-functional support team, including sales, training, marketing, product development and quality assurance, is based here in Europe with additional support from our headquarters in the U.S."

"It is very important to us to maintain close contact with our franchise partners in each restaurant and to make a difference together: Sponsoring local initiatives is just as much a part of this as supporting aid projects. In this way, we want to give something back to the communities in which we operate. This also includes cooperating with local producers wherever possible," says Tim Lowther. 

In Spain, Carl's Jr.'s Spanish master franchisee, Avanza food, will partner with local meat producers in the future. CKE Restaurants Holdings will continue to partner with its franchise partners in each market to find effective local solutions.

Tim Lowther, general manager Europe at Carl's. Jr
Carl's Jr.
Tim Lowther, general manager Europe at Carl's. Jr
About CKE Restaurants Holdings
CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. is based in Franklin, Tennessee, USA, and operates two major brands in the U.S., Carl's Jr. and Hardee's. Globally, Carl's Jr. Restaurants LLC and Hardee's Restaurants LLC have nearly 4,000 franchised or company-owned restaurants in 44 U.S. states and more than 35 international markets and U.S. overseas territories.

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