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January 28, 1991 | CRISTINA LEE, Times Staff Writer
When U.S. fast-food marketing was becoming increasingly crowded in 1988, management at Carl Karcher Enterprises decided to look to the Far East for expansion opportunities. The owner of the Carl's Jr. restaurant chain asked Steve Kishi, then chief of the company's internal auditing department, to scout around for opportunities. Kishi found that a Japanese company, Friendly Corp. of Osaka, had been making overtures to Carl Karcher Enterprises for years.
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January 28, 1991 | CRISTINA LEE, Times Staff Writer
When U.S. fast-food marketing was becoming increasingly crowded in 1988, management at Carl Karcher Enterprises decided to look to the Far East for expansion opportunities. The owner of the Carl's Jr. restaurant chain asked Steve Kishi, then chief of the company's internal auditing department, to scout around for opportunities. Kishi found that a Japanese company, Friendly Corp. of Osaka, had been making overtures to Carl Karcher Enterprises for years.
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May 23, 1989 | JOHN O'DELL, Times Staff Writer
The Famous Star has met the rising sun. The result, gauged over the first three days of sales at the newest Carl's Jr. restaurant, is that the Japanese like the Anaheim company's brand of fast food. Friday's opening of the first Carl's Jr. outside the continental United States "was one of our highest opening-day sales volumes ever," said Patty Beckman, a spokeswoman for Carl Karcher Enterprises. "I can't release the actual figures, but sales were in five digits." The restaurant is in the Minoo, a suburb north of Osaka, and was built by Friendly Corp.
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May 26, 1989 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
Alvin DeShano, the Carl Karcher Enterprises accountant accused of illegal insider trading, discussed selling his Karcher stock before he had any knowledge of an impending dramatic drop in the company's profits, Karcher's treasurer testified Thursday. Elaine Falbe, vice president and treasurer of the Anaheim fast-food chain, told a federal jury in Los Angeles that DeShano asked controller George Clower in late September or early October of 1984 whether he could sell the shares. Federal prosecutors contend that DeShano sold all of his Karcher stock on Monday, Oct. 15, 1984, after receiving a preliminary, internal report on the previous Friday showing that the company's earnings for the 4-week period that ended Oct. 5 would be as much as $900,000 below projections.
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May 26, 1989 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
Alvin DeShano, the Carl Karcher Enterprises accountant accused of illegal insider trading, discussed selling his Karcher stock before he had any knowledge of an impending dramatic drop in the company's profits, Karcher's treasurer testified Thursday. Elaine Falbe, vice president and treasurer of the Anaheim fast-food chain, told a federal jury in Los Angeles that DeShano asked controller George Clower in late September or early October of 1984 whether he could sell the shares. Federal prosecutors contend that DeShano sold all of his Karcher stock on Monday, Oct. 15, 1984, after receiving a preliminary, internal report on the previous Friday showing that the company's earnings for the 4-week period that ended Oct. 5 would be as much as $900,000 below projections.
BUSINESS
November 19, 1991
Carl Karcher Enterprises Inc., the Anaheim company that operates the Carl's Jr. restaurant chain, said Monday that it has promoted two of its executives to vice presidents. Rory J. Murphy, 43, was chosen to head restaurant operations and Steve Kishi, 41, was put in charge of international development and franchising. Both have served at Karcher Enterprises in various capacities for more than 10 years each.
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October 29, 1992 | Chris Woodyard / Times staff writer
Free-trade deal or not, Southern California fast-food chains continue to open restaurants in Mexico. Carl Karcher Enterprises Inc., which has licensed Carl's Jr. restaurants in Monterrey, Mexico City and other Mexican metropolitan areas, opened its first restaurant Wednesday in Tijuana. The licensee, Carl's de Baja, plans to open additional Carl's Jr. restaurants in Baja California during the next five years.
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March 17, 1990 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As expected, Carl Karcher Enterprises Inc. announced Friday it signed a licensing agreement with a Malaysian partner to bring the Famous Star hamburger and the other offerings of its Carl's Jr. restaurants to nine Pacific Rim nations. Karcher signed the deal with MBf International, a financial services company based in Kuala Lumpur. MBf plans to open a Carl's Jr. restaurant in Malaysia next year and others later in Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong.
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May 23, 1989 | JOHN O'DELL, Times Staff Writer
The Famous Star has met the Rising Sun, and the latter seems to be smiling. According to officials with Carl Karcher Enterprises in Anaheim, Japanese customers have been wolfing down Famous Stars and fries since the opening of the first Carl's Jr. restaurant in the Far East last Friday. The launch of the Carl's Jr. outlet in Minoo, a suburb north of Osaka, "was one of our highest opening-day sales volumes ever," said Patty Beckman, a spokeswoman for Karcher Enterprises. "I can't release the actual figures, but sales were in five digits," she said.
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May 23, 1989 | JOHN O'DELL, Times Staff Writer
The Famous Star has met the rising sun. The result, gauged over the first three days of sales at the newest Carl's Jr. restaurant, is that the Japanese like the Anaheim company's brand of fast food. Friday's opening of the first Carl's Jr. outside the continental United States "was one of our highest opening-day sales volumes ever," said Patty Beckman, a spokeswoman for Carl Karcher Enterprises. "I can't release the actual figures, but sales were in five digits." The restaurant is in the Minoo, a suburb north of Osaka, and was built by Friendly Corp.
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March 19, 1992 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Americans have been happily gulping chow mein and egg rolls for years. Earlier this week, citizens of the Chinese capital of Beijing got their first taste of that quintessential staple of the American diet: the fast-food hamburger. Carl's Jr. has brought its distinctive Happy Star to Beijing, beating archrival McDonald's to the Chinese capital by at least a month.
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October 3, 1991 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The parent company of the Carl's Jr. fast-food restaurant chain said Wednesday that it will open its first Middle Eastern outlets in four countries. Carl Karcher Enterprises Inc. said Dariah Management Services Co. has been licensed to open Carl's Jr. restaurants in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Egypt. Dariah, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is one of the largest privately owned catering firms in the Middle East. The first Carl's Jr.
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