Date Founded

The first Hardee’s restaurant was opened by Wilber Hardee in Greenville, North Carolina in 1960. By the end of the 1960s, there were 200 Hardee’s locations, and the company had even gone international with one in Germany. Its famous Made from Scratch biscuits were introduced in the 1970s and are still one of the restaurants most popular menu items. By 1975, it had 1,000 restaurants open, doubling that to 2,000 in the 1980s. CKE, the current holder of Hardee’s, bought the brand from Imasco in the 1990s. Soon after, Hardee’s rebranded with a more modern look and introduced its popular line of Thickburgers.

A History of Success

For 60 years, Hardee’s has brought communities together with quality, delicious food. With more than 1,800 restaurants across the U.S., and locations in 14 countries, we are committed to the best tasting food to better serve our guests–From Made From Scratch™ Biscuits and Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders™.


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Company Mission Statement

Hardee’s is committed to creating an environment that mixes good ideas with hard work and determination that will keep both its customers and employees happy. The company does this by hiring those with a great work ethic and putting together a menu that everyone can enjoy.