CARPINTERIA, Calif. – Jove Franchise Development Corporation has opened the first Carl’s Jr. restaurant in Canada, announced parent company CKE Restaurants Inc. This restaurant is located in Kelowna, British Columbia, and is the first of five Carl’s Jr. restaurants Jove plans to operate in Canada.

Additional Carl’s Jr. restaurants will be opened in Canada by CKE as part of a larger expansion throughout that country in the coming years.

CKE’s entry into Canada is part of a strategic plan to accelerate franchise development in international markets and to double CKE’s international presence to more than 700 restaurants within the next five years.

“With our longstanding history of successfully operating the Carl’s Jr. brand in the Western United States, it was a natural progression to open the brand in Western Canada,” said Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants Inc.