NEW YORK (NEWS): Carl’s Jr., the world’s fifth largest fast food chain, plans to enter India.
The fast food chain hopes to expand into India, said Andy Puzder, who is the CEO of CKE Inc. which owns the Carl’s Jr. and its sibling Hardee’s chains.
Puzder told the LA Times in an interview that someday he would like to see a veggie burger by his fast-food chain.
Carl’s Jr., which is headquartered at Carpinteria in California, is the fifth largest fast food chain in the US after Subway, McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s.
Started from a small hot-dog cart in Los Angeles in 1941, Carl’s Jr. is known for its “juicy, delicious charbroiled burgers.’’
It has presence in 42 states in the US and 27 foreign countries. Last year, its revenue from sales and franchisees stood at $3.8 billion. Currently, it has over 1,260 locations and plans major expansion abroad into Russia, China, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Turkey and Singapore.
The news about plans by Carl’s Jr. to enter India comes as Burger King has just held discussions with the equity firm Everstone Capital to revive its plan to enter India.
McDonald’s, which entered India in 1996 by opening its first outlet in New Delhi, currently operates over 250 outlets across the country.
Subway, which entered India in 2001, has over 330 outlets now across the country, and it plans to take its store count in India to over 3,000 in the next five years. Subway outlets don’t serve beef or pork in India.
Starbucks, the Seattle-based beverage giant, entered India last October when it opened its flagship outlet in the Elphinstone Building in Horniman Circle in Mumbai.