Carl’s Jr., the popular Californian burger brand, is set to expand into the United Kingdom, with a slew of franchise partners set to open restaurants across the country under the popular international QSR brand.
The chain has hired specialist business property adviser Christie & Co to help it enter the UK market.
Carl’s Jr. has been expanding its operations in Europe, where it now has over 80 locations serving California-inspired burgers, chicken sandwiches, and milkshakes.
Carl’s Jr. has more than doubled its international footprint in the last six years, with more than 1,000 restaurants in 40 countries.
The group is now focusing on the United Kingdom and is looking for Partners who are ambitious hospitality entrepreneurs/investment groups with the ability to open at least twenty restaurants in their respective region over the next few years.
The business is on the lookout for franchise partners who are willing to invest in areas with significant traffic in and around major cities.
Carl’s Jr. is predominantly focused on developing standalone restaurants of 150 square meters or larger, but it also has a variety of flexible formats that can open in high streets and shopping malls.
Thomas Kremer, vice president, international development for EMEA at the chain, stated: “It’s key for us to work with local partners like Christie & Co to strengthen existing and new conversations with potential franchisees and build up new relationships, especially here in the UK.”
Simon Chaplin, senior director of pubs, restaurants and franchise at Christie & Co, said: “Our extensive network of contacts, not only throughout the world of hospitality, but entrepreneurs and investors from other sectors, will enable us to attract high caliber franchisees who can match the ambitions of Carl’s Jr.”
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