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Bernard Karcher, Brother of Carl’s Jr. Founder, Dies at 87

Bernard Karcher was the first franchisee and opened restaurants in Riverside County.

Bernard Karcher, brother of Carl’s Jr. founder Carl Karcher, died last week of heart failure at the age of 87. Bernard Karcher’s company was the first franchisee of Carl’s Jr. restaurants and opened stores throughout Southern California, including 11 in Riverside County.

Karcher was born in Ohio but moved to Los Angeles in 1962 to work with the company his brother built into one of the largest fast food chains in the country. In 1984 he founded Bernard Karcher Investments with his wife, Joan, and opened the first Carl’s Jr. franchises in Corona and Norco.

BKI currently owns 25 Carl’s Jr. restaurants, including five in Temecula, four in Murrieta and two in Lake Elsinore, according to its website.

Read Karcher’s full obituary on the Orange County Register.   

Dog January 02, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Geez Patch, must be a slow news day when the brother of the owner of a bunch of hamburger stands gets a headline obit...
Brenda January 02, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Well they did make a huge impact on franchising in the USA and in Riverside county, along with him being a resident. I think he is more then worthy to have ran multi locations successfully for so many years and helped in developing the area, charities, other businesses etc. That is some 55 years if my counting is on spot. Rip and strength to family and friends during this time of grief.


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