There's really nothing junior about this company, other than the name of its flagship hamburger chain. CKE is a leading fast-food operator with about 3,450 eateries across the country. Its Carl's Jr. chain, known for its signature Six Dollar Burger, includes almost 1,400 locations in California and other mostly western states. CKE also owns Hardee's Food Systems, which operates and franchises roughly 1,950 Hardee's locations, mostly in the Midwest and Southeast. About 890 of CKE's restaurants are corporate-owned, while the rest are franchised or licensed. The company filed paperwork for an IPO in 2012 before shelving its plans to go public due to market conditions.