Hardee's Returns To Northeast U.S.

It's nice to see Hardee's global growth in recent years, but now the chain is turning its focus back to the U.S. In fact, its parent company, CKE Restaurant Holdings Inc., which also owns the Carl's Jr. burger chain, said Hardee's will return to the Northeast U.S. within the next year to 18 months. It plans to open a whopping 200 sites over the next five years. "It's a massive advance into prime territory and a tremendous opportunity for a highly anticipated return," said Jim Sullivan, senior vice president for domestic franchise development for CKE. Hardee's selected franchise partner Bhupen "Bob" Patel to lead the fast food chain's foray into New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Story