US burger chain to come to the UK

Carl’s Jr, the US premium burger chain is preparing to launch a string of franchises in the UK.

The group, which operates more than 3,100 restaurants in 18 countries, specialises in “big, juicy charbroiled burgers” and is now looking for UK companies able to invest £16m for 25 or more units.

Ned Lyerly, executive vice-president of franchise development at Carl's Jnr, said: “We’re on our way and are confident of finding companies capable of investing £16m plus for a 25-unit licence. This is a sound investment and is likely to appeal to organisations that already have experience in foodservice and have access to a big pot of working capital.”

Founded in 1941, the upmarket burger chain has become known internationally for its 100% Black Angus beef burgers and its cheeky TV ads, which have featured Paris Hilton draped over a car, slot cars and an unlikely chaotic kitchen.

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