Friday, January 6, 2012
4128. Beach Monkey
Carl's Jr. is an American fast-food restaurant chain located mostly in the Western and Southwestern United States. The first store has opened in Canada in Kelowna, BC. They are in the process of expanding to Mexico, Malaysia, Denmark, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Russia, Vietnam, Turkey and China. It was founded in 1941 by Carl N. Karcher, and is owned by CKE Restaurants, Inc. Carl Karcher's business was jumpstarted with the opening of his first restaurant, Carl’s Drive-In Barbeque. As this grew wildly successful, he decided to open up smaller chains of Carl's. In 1954, he changed the name to Carl's Jr. and the fast-food chain took off. Combined with its sibling restaurant chain Hardee's, Carl's Jr. is the #5 US fast food chain in size after Subway (33,000+ locations), McDonald's (32,000+ locations), Burger King (11,500+ locations) and Wendy's (6,700+ locations).