The brand has plans to open 27 new Carl’s Jr. locations in the coming year.
CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, has signed a master franchise agreement with CJ’s QSR (Franchise) Group Pty., Ltd. to expand the Carl’s Jr. presence throughout Australia.
“We are thrilled to deepen our partnership with CJ’s QSR as we expand across Australia and build upon the momentum that we’ve created with our Carl’s Jr. fans since opening our first location in Bateau Bay,” said Mike Woida, president of CKE International.
“CJ’s QSR has shown incredible commitment and dedication to bringing our iconic burgers into the Australian community, as have our other Carl’s Jr. franchise partners in the territory. CJ’s QSR will continue to own, operate and expand their existing corporate restaurants while seeking to offer qualified Carl’s Jr. sub-franchise candidates the opportunity to join our growing franchise community throughout Australia.”
Carl’s Jr. first entered the Australian market in 2016 in Bateau Bay, New South Wales, and has grown to nearly 30 restaurants throughout Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and New South Wales.
The brand has plans to open 27 new Carl’s Jr. locations in the coming year, and CJ’s QSR has a goal of opening 200 restaurants over the next decade.
“The board of CJ’s QSR Group are delighted with our appointment as master franchisor for Carl’s Jr. in Australia and we are committed to grow the brand aggressively over the next ten years. We are passionate about Carl’s Jr. and have been buoyed by the appetite that exists in the Australian market for our chargrilled burgers,” said Andrew Firn, managing director of CJ’s QSR Group Pty. Ltd.
“This decision reflects CKE’s global ambitions, commitment to Australia, and the desire for a rapid pace of expansion. There are so many opportunities for our brand to grow and we look forward to bringing a Carl’s Jr. restaurant to all corners of the nation.”