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Wilbur Hardee

  • Birth 15 Aug 1918 Martin County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 20 Jun 2008 Greenville, Pitt County, North Carolina, USA
  • Burial Greenville, Pitt County, North Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 27769755

Entrepreneur. He founded the Hardee's restaurant chain in 1960 with his first drive-in in Greenville, North Carolina, near the campus of East Carolina University. Specializing in charcoal-broiled hamburgers selling for fifteen cents, he partnered with two North Carolina businessmen and the chain enjoyed a rapid growth and began to franchise. In 1963 the company went public and began expanding throughout the south. However, according to Hardee, he lost 51 percent controlling share in the company during a card game with his new partners. Soon after he sold his remaining shares and began work on other ventures, launching 85 different restaurants throughout the southeast, including, Little Mint and Silo Restaurant. Hardee's restaurants continued to bear his name and though he had not been affiliated with the company for more than three decades, he took part in a 40th anniversary celebration in 2000.

Bio by: Elizabeth Reed


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Elizabeth Reed
  • Added: 23 Jun 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27769755
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wilbur Hardee (15 Aug 1918–20 Jun 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27769755, citing Pinewood Memorial Park, Greenville, Pitt County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated.