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Fast-food restaurant chain in the Midwest and Southeast.

100 North Broadway, Suite 1200
St. Louis, MO 63102
Employees: 17,000
CEO: Andrew Puzder

Subsidiary of CKE Restaurants

Website: http://www.hardees.com

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Hardee's is a chain of fast-food restaurants offering hamburgers, biscuits, fried chicken, roast beef sandwiches and breakfast sandwiches.

A subsidiary of CKE Restaurants, there are 1,965 Hardee's restaurants primarily in 30 states in the Midwest and Southeastern U.S., and internationally in the Middle East. There are 200 restaurants dual-branded with the Red Burrito name, which serves burritos and tacos.

The company announced plans to return to the Northeast in the next 12-18 months with up to 200 new restaurants in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. There had been Hardee's locations in the Northeast in the 1990s but were closed.

CKE Restaurants also operates the Carl's Jr. chain.


William Hardee opened his first restaurant in 1960 in North Carolina. Five months later, he had his first franchisee and 200 restaurants by the end of the decade.

Hardee's would introduce fresh made biscuits in the 1970s which became very popular and a trademark of the restaurants today.

In the 1980s, Hardees would acquire the 650-unit Burger Chef chain and would exceed 2,000 restaurants.

CKE Restaurants would acquire the Hardee's chain from Canadian company Imasco in 1997.

In 2003, Hardee's would pare down its menu and focus on Thickburgers, juicy meaty hamburgers that weigh from 1/3 to 2/3 pound.


- Medical/Dental/RX
- Vacation Pay/sick time (full time employees)
- Meal discount
- Holidays (1 1/2 pay if you work)
- Education reimbursement (certain qualifications)
- Stock Purchase Plan

Updated October 24, 2013