Carl’s Jr. inks master franchise agreement to ramp up Australia expansion

The agreement sees CJ’s QSR developing an additional 130 Carl’s Jr. restaurants.

Carl’s Jr. is looking to accelerate growth in Australia, courtesy of a master franchise agreement between parent company CKE Restaurants Holdings and long-time franchisee CJ’s QSR (Franchise) Group Pty. Ltd.

The agreement sees CJ’s QSR developing an additional 130 Carl’s Jr. restaurants as part of a new target to open 200 restaurants over the next 10 years.

Since introducing Carl’s Jr. to Australia in 2016 in NSW, the American fast food franchise has grown to nearly 30 restaurants throughout VIC, QLD and SA. 

The company already has plans to nearly double its network, with an additional 27 restaurants in the coming year.

“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,” CKE International president Mike Woida said.

Andrew Firn, managing director of CJ’s QSR Group Pty. Ltd, added: “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.”

CJ’s QSR franchising director Greg Rako said they are actively seeking franchisees to join their team. 

“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,” he said.

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