CARPINTERIA, Calif. – CKE Restaurants, Inc. announced plans to develop more than 59 new Hardee’s restaurants throughout the Minneapolis, Minn., area. The company currently operates 21 Hardee’s locations within the city.

"Hardee's is ranked among the highest quality and best tasting brands in the burger segment and is recognized for our consistent track record of sales growth and solid unit economics," said Jim Sullivan, CKE's senior Vice President of Domestic Franchise Development. "We are excited to expand in the Minneapolis area, and we're now looking for experienced multi-unit operators to join the brand."

Hardee's is a wholly owned subsidiary of CKE Restaurants with 1,932 franchised or company-owned restaurants throughout the US and 25 countries.