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Californian restaurant marks Kazakhstan milestone

CKE Restaurants has notched up its 600th international restaurant opening – in Asia.

The California-based company, which operates Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s, has opened its 600th offshore outlet in Kazakhstan.

The new restaurant – Hardee’s, known for ‘Made From Scratch’ biscuits and charbroiled Black Angus Beef Thickburgers – is located in Astana, the nation’s capital.

It is the company’s 10th in the country and the 271st location operated by franchisee Kuwait Food Company, its longtime partner developing the Hardee’s brand throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.

With the opening of the new Kazakhstan restaurant, the CKE system is now 75 per cent franchised, with international locations representing 17 per cent of the system.

CKE now has 3491 company-operated or franchised restaurants in 42 states and 31 foreign countries.

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