Six Hardee’s Locations Operated by Boddie-Noell Win National Operational Excellence Awards

ROCKY MOUNT, NC (May 17, 2012) – Six Hardee’s® restaurants owned and operated by franchisee Boddie-Noell Enterprises earned the 2012 Restaurant Operational Excellence Award from Hardee’s Food Systems for outstanding performance over the past year.

In doing so, these six Hardee’s locations were among only 11 Hardee’s franchise restaurants across the U.S. to receive the award. One of Boddie-Noell’s winning restaurants is located in Burlington and the other five are in Virginia.

The Operational Excellence Award is based on three specific guidelines: an individual restaurant’s performance on quality assurance audits, its score on an operational assessment and no more than one guest complaint.

“We’re extremely proud of these six Hardee’s locations that received this national award because they are top achievers,” said Terry Lewis, vice president of operations for Boddie-Noell’s Hardee’s restaurant division. “These awards reflect team spirit and commitment of our employees each day in these locations.”

Boddie-Noell is the largest Hardee’s franchise operator in the U.S. and is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012.

The awards were presented at a special awards banquet for Hardee’s franchise operators held recently in St. Louis.  

“It is an honor once again to recognize our franchisees’ hard work and dedication,” said Michael Murphy, President and Chief Legal Officer ofCKE Restaurants, Inc. “The ongoing success of Hardee’s is in great measure the result of their individual efforts and their unified commitment to providing guests with the best food, service and dining experience in the industry. It is a genuine pleasure to be able to thank them in this way for being on our team. We hope that they inspire and motivate all of our owners and operators, and keep blazing trails toward even greater achievements in the future.”

About Boddie-Noell Enterprises
Boddie-Noell Enterprises (BNE) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012.BNE is the largest Hardee’s franchise operator in the United States with 335 restaurants across four states (North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky and South Carolina) and more scheduled to open this year. The company employs more than 12,000 people and is headquartered in Rocky Mount, N.C. For more information about the company, visit www.bneinc.laymannewmedia.com. 

About Hardee’s
Celebrating 50 years in the quick-service industry, Hardee’s Food Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of CKE Restaurants, Inc. ofCarpinteria, Calif. As of the end of fiscal 2012, the Company, through its subsidiaries, had a total of 3,243 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 42 states and in 25 countries, including 1,313 Carl's Jr.®restaurants and 1,912 Hardee's® restaurants. For more information, or to find a Hardee’s near you, go to www.hardees.com. Hardee’s social media sites include www.facebook.com/hardeeswww.twitter.com/hardees andwww.youtube.com/hardees.

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