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CKE Restaurants is exploring a move to Texas

The parent of the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's fast-foot chains is in 'very early' talks about moving its headquarters from Carpinteria in Santa Barbara County to the Lone Star State, a company spokeswoman says.

February 03, 2011|By Sharon Bernstein, Los Angeles Times

CKE Restaurants Inc., the parent company of fast-food chain Carl's Jr., is in "very early" talks about moving its headquarters from Carpinteria in Santa Barbara County to Texas, company spokeswoman Beth Mansfield said.

CKE President Andy Puzder has been on a media blitz this week through the Lone Star State, where he has been promoting the chain in connection with the Super Bowl on Sunday.

In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Puzder said he would meet with Texas Gov. Rick Perry to discuss a move. Mansfield said there were "no plans yet" concerning a move.

CKE, which also owns the Hardee's chain, has 10 restaurants in the Dallas area, but the firm has deep roots in Southern California. It was founded by the late Carl Karcher in Orange County in 1941.

sharon.bernstein@latimes.com

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