When Hardee's announced plans earlier this month to build as many as 59 new locations around the Twin Cities in the next five years, there was still a lot of mystery over where those restaurants would be built.
That question appears to have been answered, as City Pages secured a map of planned homes for the burger joints. Local carnivores can breathe a sigh of relief, as one of the targeted spots for a new Hardee's is on France Avenue just south of the Crosstown.
Jim Sullivan, head of franchise development with CKE Restaurants, told City Pages the tentative locations—59 in total—all have high traffic counts, populations in the 40,000 range, good site visibility and drive-thru access.
Michael Sawyer, CKE's market planning manager, said the locations aren't guaranteed to eventually house Hardee's restaurants, but said the preliminary sites will serve as "reference points."
"Somewhere in this area, we feel there's the right stuff to make a successful Hardee's," Sawyer said.
There are more than 20 Hardee's locations sprinkled throughout the Twin Cities area right now, with the closest ones 17 miles away off Exit 19 in Baldwin and 21 miles away on Hamline Avenue in St. Paul.