CKE Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:CKR – News) today announced three franchise agreements that will result in the opening of 51 new Carl’s Jr. restaurants in Nevada and Idaho over the next decade.

Steve Larson, owner of S.L. Investments, Inc., has been the Las Vegas franchisee for 23 years and currently owns and operates 30 restaurants. Committed to opening 30 new locations in the next ten years, Larson commented, “The future of the Las Vegas market is a winning bet. We look forward to doubling our presence in the community,” he says.

Franchise expansion in Idaho will include 12 new Carl’s Jr. restaurants over the next six years–six units in the Pocatello and Idaho Falls area, three in Twin Falls and three additional units in Boise. Franchisees John Nelson and Clayton Jones currently operate nine Carl’s Jr. restaurants under their Green Star Foods and CJ Star corporations.

Existing franchisee Behnam Rodd of BR Reno Star will open nine new Carl’s Jr. restaurants in the Reno area over the next eight years. Rodd owns two Carl’s Jr. units in Los Angeles and recently acquired seven units in Reno.

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