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CKE Restaurants to Expand Into Russia

CKE Restaurants Inc. on Wednesday said a franchisee will open 50 new Carl’s Jr. hamburger restaurants in Russia over the next eight years, with the first one expected to debut in early 2006.


Carpinteria-based CKE, which also operates the Hardee’s hamburger chain and La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill restaurants, said Carl’s Jr. signed a franchising and development agreement with Bright Star LLC, a Russian food company.


CKE said the expansion into Russia was based on the country’s growing economic capability and its acceptance of Western goods and services.


“The Russian Federation is a dynamic, emerging market with a strong appetite for western food. Our premium burgers will be a perfect fit,” said Ned Lyerly, CKE Restaurants vice president, international.


As of the first quarter ended May 23, CKE had 3,165 franchised or company-owned restaurants in 44 states and in 12 countries, including 204 Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants outside the U.S.

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