Friendly Franchisees Corporation owns and operates 65 Carl’s Jr throughout the Southern California area and parts of Northern California. We are the largest California-based franchisee for Carl's Jr. Our owner and CEO, Harshad Dharod, has always had a laser like focus on attracting friendly employees who welcome our guests to enjoy our restaurants, hence the name Friendly Franchisee Corporation. We acquired the Carl's Jr restaurants in 2000 and within a couple of years had driven profits and sales far above the brand average. We have been consistently recognized by the brand as one of the top franchisee organizations based upon our key performance indicators. Working for us has always been about being part of a family. Harshad has always stated that you hire great people, treat them well, and they will take care of the guests and have a sense of ownership in the business.
Harshad’s vision is to continue to build out his restaurant portfolio. He would like to acquire 2-3 more restaurant brands in the next 5 years. He wants to become the franchisor and own brands outright, then franchise to individuals who have the same drive and determination that has brought him success. Based on his track record of turning around poor operating restaurants and turning them into top level performers, we continually receive offers often from large restaurant brands hoping for us to invest with them.