D'Lites

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D'Lites
Industry Fast food
Fate Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Most locations became Hardee's.
Founded Norcross, Georgia, 1978
Founders Doug Sheley, Jeffrey Miller
Defunct 1987
Number of locations 100+
Area served United States
Products Hamburgers, French fries, salad, frozen yogurt

D'Lites of America was an American fast food chain based in Norcross, Georgia. It was known for serving fast food with a higher emphasis on nutrition. It featured reduced-calorie dishes, including hamburgers made with lean beef, high-fiber buns, and low-calorie cheese. The chain also served a vegetarian sandwich, frozen yogurt, sparkling apple juice, and light beer.[1]

It was founded in 1978 by Doug Sheley and Jeffrey Miller.[2] The first franchises opened in 1983. By 1985, more than 100 stores were opened.[3]

The chain stopped franchising in 1986 and closed several stores.[4] By year's end, it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.[5] In 1987, ninety percent of the remaining company-owned stores were sold to Hardee's and were soon rebranded as Hardee's. A few D'Lites restaurants remain, but they are under new ownership and have been renamed to avoid infridgment of the D'Lites name.[6][7]

According to FIU Hospitality Review, the chain's closure was due to other chains such as McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's beginning to offer healthier sides such as salads and baked potatoes, as well as D'Lites' buying back of several unsuccessful franchise locations.[8]

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