D'Lites

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D'Lites
private
IndustryFast food
FateChapter 11 bankruptcy. Most locations became Hardee's.
SuccessorHardee's
Founded1978; 40 years ago (1978) in Norcross, Georgia
FounderDoug Sheley, Jeffrey Miller
Defunct1987; 31 years ago (1987)
Number of locations
100+
Area served
United States
ProductsHamburgers, 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.[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.[3] By year's end, it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.[2] 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 infringement of the D'Lites name.[2][4]

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.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Lakeland Ledger - Google News Archive Search
  2. ^ a b c "NewsBank for AJC | www.ajc.com". Nl.newsbank.com. Retrieved 2013-08-08.
  3. ^ a b The Albany Herald - Google News Archive Search
  4. ^ "D'Lites slips toward dissolution as Hardee's seeks new sites. (D'Lites of America Inc., Hardee's Food Systems Inc.) | HighBeam Business: Arrive Prepared". Business.highbeam.com. 1987-01-26. Retrieved 2013-08-08.
  5. ^ "FIU Hospitality Review - Google Books". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2013-08-08.