Industry News | July 9, 2009

Family of Carl's Jr. Founder Keeping Chain Successful

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The new Douglas, Arizona, Carl’s Jr. location, owned and operated by MJKL Enterprises, posted $108,596 in sales in its first week, setting a company sales record. The new location is owned by Jason and Carl LeVecke, grandsons of Carl’s Jr. founder Carl Karcher and CEO and COO, respectively, of MJKL Enterprises.

“I learned a lot of great things from my grandfather about business and life in general,” says Jason LeVecke. “Hard work, commitment to family, and commitment to community were among the most important things my grandfather taught me. The record-setting opening at our Douglas Carl’s Jr. was the perfect combination of all three and far exceeded our expectations. I’m proud of the outstanding service from our staff, the overwhelming welcome into the Douglas community, and knowing that the commitments to success my grandfather instilled in us are still strong throughout the Carl’s Jr. system.”

“Despite a continuing tough economy, especially in the western states, Carl’s Jr. is setting sales records in new markets, continuing to grow its unit count, and giving customers what they want: premium quality burgers at fair prices,” says Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants Inc., parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s chains. “I’m also very proud that the LeVecke’s are carrying on the successful legacy of their grandfather, Carl Karcher.”

Several members of the Karcher family are actively involved in Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s operations as franchisees, including a brother, four children, seven grandchildren, and several other relations. His son Carl L. Karcher is also a member of CKE Restaurants’ Board of Directors.
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