Carl’s Jr. Ramps Up Australian Expansion with New Master Franchise Agreement

The chain opened its first  Carl’s Jr. in Australia in 2016 in Bateau Bay, New South Wales. Since then the brand has grown to nearly 30 restaurants.

CKE Restaurants Holdings announced today a master franchise agreement with CJ’s QSR (Franchise) Group Pty. Ltd. (“CJ’s QSR”) to expand Carl’s Jr.’s presence throughout Australia. The partnership marks an extension of CKE Restaurants’ acceleration of international growth following the opening of its 1,000th international restaurant earlier this year in Spain.

“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.”

The chain opened its first  Carl’s Jr. in Australia in 2016 in Bateau Bay, New South Wales. Since then the brand has grown to nearly 30 restaurants throughout Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales.

It has plans to rapidly grow the Carl’s Jr. footprint in Australia with an additional 27 restaurants in the coming year.

“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.

“This is an exciting time for our brand and we have some amazing franchisees already, but there are many opportunities to grow as we aggressively expand into new Australian cities and regions. So, the search is on for new franchisees to join our incredible team and we are actively seeking new franchisees with a head for business and a passion for exceptional food and customer service to get in on the ground floor,” added Greg Rako, Director Franchising for CJ’s QSR Group Pty. Ltd.

“We currently have many new sites under development and are looking to further expand our footprint across the nation. As we establish Carl’s Jr. in new markets, across Australia, our franchise network will create local jobs and economic growth.”

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