The Hardee's franchise was founded by Wilber Hardee, who opened his first restaurant in Greenville, North Carolina, in 1960. Five short months later. he had his very first franchisee. The comapny's menu includes Made From Scratch biscuits, burgers and hand-breaded chicken tenders. The brand has grown over time and spread throughout the Midwestern and Southeastern U.S.  The company currently has 2,184 around the world, including the Middle East and Pakistan. The company also includes Carl's Jr. It is a nationally recognized brand that reaches a wide audience through its marketing campaigns. The company has tried to reach out to more people with loyalty programs, app development, email marketing, online ordering & delivery, and website upgrades. 

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Hardee's Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2022


The quick service restaurant (QSR) industry has a lot of competition and can be difficult to get into. It is a multi-billion dollar industry that is responsible for countless jobs and enormous economic activity. The benefits of opening a QSR, like the Hardee's franchise, is that brand recognition, which is key and attractive to investors. The way to keep customers coming back for more is giving them a great product with great service time. Hardee's has done this for decades and is an internationally known brand. Due to disasters like the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants have had to adapt to massive changes. Hardee's is no exception. With an increased demand for off-premise dining , the company is enhancing its model for take-away & delivery dining and evolving its on-premise dining strategy to ensure customers feel safe when they enter a Hardee's restaurant. The brand is looking for franchisees who have previous franchise or restaurant experience and plan to own multiple Hardee's units, with three units as a minimum. The goal is for the owner to have at least 10 units. The franchise will provide franchisees with all the tools necessary to succeed, including assistance with restaurant design, construction, training and more. While the brand is known for its Made From Scratch Biscuits, due to market changes the brand pivoted and has focused on its Thickburgers line of premium Black Angus Beef burgers. This brand is worth investing in if you have previous restaurant experience and are looking to own many franchise locations, as all Hardee's franchisees own multiple units.  

Company Details

Founded: 1960
Franchising since: Five months after founding
Canada: Yes
International: Yes 

Support and Training Offered By Hardee's

In terms of training, the Hardee's franchise offers franchises 400 hours of on-the-job training, as well as 51 hours of classroom training. Additionally, the franchisee can expect eight weeks worth of management training. 

2022 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Hardee's Franchise.

What does a Hardee's Franchise Cost?

Hardee's franchise fees for 2022:

Initial Franchise Fee $25,000 - $35,000
Initial Investment $1,499,000 - $2,121,000
Net Worth Requirement $1,000,000
Cash Requirement $300,000
Royalty Fee 4%
Ad Royalty Fee 5.5%
Term of Agreement 20 years

Is Hardee's a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Hardee's is not a semi absentee franchise. The owner of the franchise (the franchisee) is expected to be involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Is Hardee's a Home Based franchise?

No. Hardee's is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Hardee's Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much Hardee's franchisees make. Hardee's offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Is Hardee's Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

Yes. Hardee's franchise is looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Hardee's Looking for International franchisees?

Yes. Hardee's franchise is looking for International franchisees.

Additional Information

Additional Categories

Food & Restaurants

Number of Units Open

100+ UNITS

Cash Required

More than $250,000

Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


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Hardee's Franchises for Sale

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