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Carl's Jr. is committed to our franchise candidates.

Minimum Financials*

  • Net Worth: $1,000,000
  • Liquid Assets: $300,000


Previous franchise or restaurant experienced preferred

Development Fee*


Multi-Unit Development

Preferred 3 restaurant minimum
Target 10+ restaurants

Franchise Fee*

$25,000 to $35,000
dependant on the number of restaurants in operation.

Unit Size

2,500 SQ. FT. to 3,037 SQ. FT.

Royalty Fee*

4% of gross sales

Term of Agreement

20 years

Advertising Fee*

Up to 7%

Franchise Training

10 weeks

Initial Investment*

$1,499,000 - $2,228,000

*Per unit developed.
Information subject to change. Please refer to the 2022 Franchise Disclosure Document for up-to-date information and full details. International fees vary.

  • Step 1. Application

    • Complete and submit application
    • Receive and review Franchise Disclosure Document
    • Provide additional documentation
    • Provide proof of assets
    • Credit check and initial financial review
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  • Step 2. Business Plan

    • Select territory and develop business plan
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    • Background checks completed
    • Present business plan to Franchise Development team
    • Submit legal entity documentation
    • Financial review completed, based on business plan
    • Attend discovery day
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  • Step 4. Approval

    • If approval received, begin franchisee training
    • Select and submit site for approval
    • Secure financing
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  • Grand Opening

    • Finalize lease or purchase
    • Begin construction
    • Sign Franchise Agreement
    • Begin crew training
    • Store opening
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  • Before you open
    Our Team will assist with:

    • Site Selection
    • Restaurant Design
    • Equipment Ordering
    • Construction
    • 10-Week Training for Franchise / Senior Management
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  • After you open
    We continue to assist you:

    • Field Support: a team of franchise business consultants to assist with your business
    • Operations: periodic information to assist with operating new business
    • Franchise Services: phone or email with any questions you might have
    • Culinary/Restaurant Excellence: product, equipment and procedure innovation/optimization
    • Marketing/Advertising: our marketing team will support you with strategic advertising and local store marketing
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