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Iconic CA Company Carl’s Jr. Flees ‘Golden State’ for TN

Iconic CA Company Carl’s Jr. Flees ‘Golden State’ for TN

Some people, and companies, vote with their feet. California has become very unfriendly to businesses, with high taxes and regulations. More, and more, businesses are leaving the State, in search of places where they can conduct their business without government breathing down their necks and imposing high taxes and regulations. – Shorty Dawkins

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by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly

Carl’s Jr., the iconic California “healthier” fast-food chain, announced earlier this month that it is quitting the Golden State for greener pastures in Tennessee.

Investors Business Daily reports: “CKE Restaurants (Carl Karcher Enterprises), the corporate parent of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. restaurants, announced that they are relocating to Nashville, Tennessee.”

According to the company’s website, it was in 1941 that a young “Carl N. Karcher and his wife, Margaret, [made] a leap of faith … For 70 years and over 1,200 restaurants later, Carl’s Jr.® has become known as the place to go all across the West for juicy, delicious charbroiled burgers.”

The move to the deep South by a company that self-identifies as “Western” should come as no surprise to anyone whose paying attention to California politics.

Andy Puzder, CKE’s CEO, has been threatening to move for several years, warning California’s elected officials and regulators that if they did not do something to reign in the prohibitively high cost of building a new store and doing business in California, CKE would leave.

That day has finally come, even though the IBD story notes that “CKE’s official line is that the firm is relocating because it has less need for office space as it consolidates operations.”

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  1. Clean living, fresh air, vast natural resources, and outdoor recreation Abound. Everybody’s armed, polite, and helpful. Economic and population growth among tops in the nation. Hemp is legal and cannabis oil just got removed from the list. Right to self-defense is the law. Police are few and far between because we take care of our own. And a church on every corner. What’s not to love? Welcome, Carl’s Jr. to the Free Christian Republic of Tennessee.

  2. It will many, many years before California becomes a business friendly state . The laws , regulations , fees , taxes has made California a god awful place to be a human being much less ding business . I moved my business to Arizona

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