Carl’s Jr. Ramps Up Australian Expansion with New Master Franchise Agreement


CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (“CKE”) announced a master franchise agreement with CJ’s QSR (Franchise) Group Pty. Ltd. (“CJ’s QSR”) to expand Carl’s Jr.’s presence throughout Australia.

Since introducing Carl’s Jr. to Australia in 2016 in Bateau Bay, New South Wales, the brand has grown to nearly 30 restaurants throughout Australia with plans to add an additional 27 restaurants in the coming year.

The Master Franchise with CJ’s QSR will further accelerate growth towards their goal to open 200 restaurants over the next 10 years.





“We are thrilled to deepen our partnership with CJ’s QSR as we expand across Australia and build upon the momentum that we’ve created with our Carl’s Jr. fans since opening our first location in Bateau Bay,” said Mike Woida, President of CKE International. “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.”

“The Board of CJ’S QSR Group are delighted with our appointment as Master Franchisor for Carl’s Jr. in Australia and we are committed to grow the brand aggressively over the next ten years. We are passionate about Carl’s Jr. and have been buoyed by the appetite that exists in the Australian market for our Chargrilled Burgers,” said Andrew Firn, Managing Director of CJ’s QSR Group Pty. Ltd. “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.”



Carl’s Jr. is a pioneer for quick service innovation and quality with 100 percent Angus beef burgers, Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders™, Hand-Scooped Milkshakes and more since its founding in 1941. As it continues to bring quality you can taste to Australia and all corners of the globe, Carl’s Jr. will maintain its impossible-to-ignore, California-inspired food offerings worldwide.