Carl's Jr. expanding in Canada
by Meat&Poultry staff
CARPINTERIA, Calif. – Carl’s Jr. plans to sell its premium-quality burgers throughout Ontario, Canada, a territory that includes Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Brantford and London. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s parent company, CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc., signed an exclusive development agreement with Toronto-based 6Points Food Services Ltd. to develop, open and operate 30 new Carl’s Jr. restaurants in the market during he next six years. 6Points plans to open its first Carl’s Jr. restaurant in Toronto later this year.
The agreement with 6Points, which is owned by Saskatchewan-based Westbridge Capital, is part of CKE’s larger plan to expand the chain through Canada and to double CKE’s international presence over the next five years. Throughout the US and 30 other countries and US territories, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are known for their premium menu of charbroiled Thickburgers made with 100-percent Black Angus beef, Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders and more.
“We see tremendous growth potential in Canada for Carl’s Jr.,” said Ned Lyerly, CKE executive vice president of international. “Our brand has been well received in the market and customers understand the superior nature of our product and service offering. With eight franchise entities developing restaurants in Canada, the market will be a key contributor to the growth of CKE’s international system.”
Carl’s Jr.’s franchisees are currently operating restaurants in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Kelowna, Vernon, Kamloops, Penticton and Grande Prairie, with additional locations planned for this year in Edmonton and Toronto.