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Illinois we've set our sites on you!

We are seeking highly qualified and experienced candidates to franchise with us.

Hardee's® Charbroiled Burgers
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Hardee's® is aggressively expanding in Illinois. We have availability in lucrative markets with potential for excellent margins:

Chicago, Chicagoland area (including surrounding communities), Rockford

Available Territories in Illinois

  • Chicago
  • Chicagoland area (including surrounding communities)
  • Rockford

Hardee's® Growth in Illinois

  • Proven Marketing Strategy And Brand Vision That Franchisees Not Only Support, But Have Grown Their Business Upon
  • CKE's facility imaging programs ensure that the current system remains relevant and up-to-date within the industry
  • Illinois's Under-Penetrated Markets And White-Space Territory Equal Greater Growth Potential For Franchisees
  • Robust National Media Advertising Establishes Brand Awareness And Consumer Demand

About the Illinois Market

  • SIGNIFICANT GROWTH OPPORTUNITY

    Illinois population per QSR location is higher than the national average

  • DESIRABLE MARKET

    27,204 eating and drinking place locations in Illinois in 2014

  • THRIVING QSR ECONOMY

    $24.5 billion projected sales in Illinois restaurants in 2016

  • DRIVING FORCE OF THE ECONOMY

    537,000 restaurant and foodservice jobs in Illinois in 2016, which equals 10% of employment in the state. And by 2026, that number is projected to grow by 7.7% or 41,300 additional jobs, for a total of 578,300.

Hardee's® Charbroiled Burgers

The Hardee's® Difference

With over 3,600 total CKE franchised and company owned restaurants, and more than 2,100 Hardee's® specific, we are dedicated to helping franchisees build growing restaurant operations that are sustainable for the long term. To this end, the strategy and core positioning of the Hardee's® banner is oriented to building top-line sales that support franchise profitability via premium product strategy, strong restaurant fundamentals, and cutting-edge advertising. With best-in-class menus, innovative systems, and outstanding brand recognition, we are poised for sustained growth around the world.

  • Hardee's® Ranked #1 In The Hamburger Category By Entrepreneur Magazine 2014 Franchise 500®
  • Over $4 Billion In System-Wide Sales With A Company-Wide Focus On Individual Franchise Profitability
  • Consistently Ranked Among The Best-Tasting & Highest-Quality Burgers In The Industry
  • AUV Sales Growth In 13 Of The Last 14 Years Award-Winning Performance Metrics*
  • Franchised-focused executive team and more than 92% of restaurants franchised, CKE gives franchisees a voice in the brand's strategic and tactical decisions
*Sandelman and Associates, Quick Track 2014 & Technomic's 2014 Consumer Brand Metrics Program

CKE is dedicated to growth initiatives, including the goal of opening over 100+ restaurants per year over the next 5 years