Margaret Karcher

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Margaret Karcher
Born Margaret Magdalen Heinz
(1915-03-02)March 2, 1915
Big River, Wisconsin, United States
Died June 6, 2006(2006-06-06) (aged 91)
Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Cause of death liver cancer
Occupation Entrepreneur
Spouse(s) Carl Karcher
(1939–2006; her death)

Margaret Magdalen Heinz Karcher (March 2, 1915 – June 6, 2006) was an American fast-food pioneer who co-founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain with her husband Carl Karcher, which in turn now owned by parent company CKE Restaurants.

Karcher and her husband started their first business, a hot dog stand, on July 17, 1941 in Los Angeles, California when they borrowed $311 against their Plymouth automobile and added $15 from Margaret's purse. The stand initially sold hot dogs and Mexican tamales. On January 16, 1945, they opened their first restaurant, Carl's Drive-In Barbecue in Anaheim, California. They also opened Carl's Jr.

Their restaurant quickly grew and they opened several more restaurants, numbering 100 by 1974 and more than 300 by 1981.

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