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Hardee's

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The first Hardee's restaurant opened in 1960 in Greenville, NC. The company's original buildings had a sloping roof design and looked very much like early McDonald's buildings. By 1965, Hardee's had 70 locations. Their scalloped roof building design is from around 1965. The signs mimicked the building's roof line. The design is quite similar to the Big Top convenience store chain. All of these mid-1960s Hardee's buildings probably had the steeples shown in these vintage photos and advertisements. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [1965 ad & Concord scans thanks Robby Delius; Atlanta photo thanks Twig Gravely]

former Hardee's
Fredericksburg, VA
This Hardee's opened in 1964. The building was later occupied by Captain Sid's Seafood & Deli. When these photos were taken in 2010, the building was vacant. By 2012, the building was occupied by the Family Diner. That business closed in 2014. By 2016, the building was housing the Mason Dixon Cafe. [1964 scan thanks Robby Delius] [map]

Only a few Hardee's were built with this style zigzag roof. The only other existing building that I know of is in Fayetteville, TN.

Hardee's in 1965 [gone]
Concord, NC
Hardee's [gone]
Concord, NC
Hardee's [gone]
Atlanta, GA
All of the surviving Hardee's restaurants built in this style have either been demolished or adapted for other businesses.

former Hardee's
Columbus, GA
This Columbus building is one of the most intact survivor of this building style. I believe this building, the one in Fayetteville, TN mentioned above, and the location in Cayce, SC at the bottom of the page are the only three buildings left with steeples. This location was built in or slightly before 1965. The building now houses Thornton's BBQ. [map]

former Hardee's
Columbus, GA
2006: 2010:
This Columbus building housed the Victory Barber Shop when these photos were taken. I believe that business is closed now. Between 2006 and 2010, an addition was made to the right side of the building. [map]

former Hardee's [gone]
Blacksburg, VA
This Blacksburg building housed a travel agency when this photo was taken around 2006. The building was demolished soon after that. This 1960s photo shows what this location looked like originally. [photo thanks Twig Gravely]

former Hardee's
Charleston, SC
This former Hardee's was occupied by the Blanche Darby Florist for many years. The exterior was intact but the interior was remodeled. The sign was adapted. These photos are from 2007. In 2010, the entire building with the exception of the roof was demolished. The sign was adapted for East Bay Deli which is now located on the property. [map]

There is another former Hardee's building in Orangeburg, SC which has been altered for the China Express restaurant. [map]

former Hardee's
Fredericksburg, VA
This former Hardee's has housed Mr. Dee's Hamburgers for many years. The sign was adapted. This vintage photo shows what this location would have looked like originally. [map]

More Mid-Century Modern Hardee's:
Huntsville, AL [vintage; gone]
Greenville, NC [vintage; gone]
Cayce, SC [map]
Lynchburg, VA [gone]
various locations

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