Carl’s Jr. Restaurants

Margaret and Carl Karcher started their fast food empire with a simple hot dog stand they operated in Los Angeles. After successfully running several of these stands, the couple tried their hand at something a little bigger and found continued success with their restaurant called Carl’s Drive-In Barbecue. Carl’s Jr. stores - smaller versions of the regular-sized Carl’s Drive In - were first opened by the Karchers in the 1950’s and the rest is history. Carl’s Jr. is now one of the most popular fast food chains with nearly 1,500 locations worldwide.


Start-up Cost:$690K - 1.53M



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