Got Burger? Carl’s Jr. Comes to Toronto . . . What’s Next?
Need red meat in your life? Good news, Toronto—as of yesterday, April 8th, an extra Carl’s Jr. is officially open and ready for business. Available 24-hours a day, residents now have another venue to help them eat like southern Californians and enjoy juicy burgers, fries and creamy shakes. Operated by Toronto-based 6Points Food Service Ltd., customers will even be able to take advantage of a shake bar, which will offer more than 20 flavors of hand-scooped Chapman’s Canadian ice cream shakes. Are you feeling hungry yet?
More Dish on the Expansion(s)
You may already be familiar with the previous Carl’s Jr. 6Points opened last month, which is located on Yonge Street. And the excitement just keeps coming! Ned Lyerly, president of International CKE Restaurants, stated that an exclusive development agreement with 6Points was signed last year that will see 30 Carl’s Jr. restaurants opening over the next six years throughout various locations, including London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Hamilton and more in Toronto.
It’s no surprise that Carl’s Jr. is known for their fresh burgers and higher-quality menu items. With locations already in Canada that include Vancouver, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Kelowna, Vernon, Kamloops, Penticton, Grande Prairie, Edmonton, Spruce Grove and Guelph, it’s interesting to speculate what fast food restaurant may next come to Canada.
Sure, when it comes to fast food in Canada, options are rather limitless. For example, residents can easily choose between the usual suspects: McDonalds, Burger King and Subway. However, with the expansion of Carl’s Jr., could more choices be coming?
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As of now, Canada is lacking a few fan favorites, including Jack in the Box, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut. Could these additions possible be in the works?
Microsoft: Building a secure foundation to drive NASCAR
Microsoft is a key partner of The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and together they are driving ahead to create an inclusive and immersive new fan experience (FX).
These long-term partners have not only navigated the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with the use of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365, but are now looking to a future packed with virtual events to enhance the FX, well beyond NASCAR’S famous Daytona racetrack.
“Together, we've created a secure environment that's allowed for collaboration, but the future is all about the fans”, said Melinda Cook, General Manager for Microsoft South USA Commercial Business, who cited a culture of transparency, passion, adaptiveness, and a growth mindset as to why this alignment is so successful.”
“We've partnered to create a fluid, immersive experience for the users that is supported by a secure foundation with Microsoft in the background. We are focused on empowering and enabling customers and businesses, like NASCAR, to reach their full potential. We do this with our cloud platform which provides data insights and security.”
“Our cloud environment allows NASCAR to move forward with their digital transformation journey while we are in the background,” said Cook who highlights that Microsoft is helping NASCAR
- Empower employees productivity and collaboration
- Improve fan engagement and experience
- Improve environment security and IT productivity
- Improve racing operations
Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Microsoft 365 suite, enabled employees to work remotely, while staying productive, during the pandemic. “This allowed people to provide the same level of productivity with the use of video conference and instant messaging to collaborate on documents. Increased automation also allows the pit crews, IT, and the business to focus on safety, racing operations, and on the fan experience,” said Cook.
“We have started to innovate to create a more inclusive fanbase, this includes using Xbox to give people the experience of being a virtual racer or even leveraging some of the tools in Microsoft Teams to have a virtual ride along experience.”
“These environments are how we create a more inclusive and immersive experience for the fans. We're working on a virtual fan wall which allows people from new locations to participate in these events,” said Cook, who pointed out Microsoft was also helping bring legacy experiences alive from NASCAR’s archives.
“At Microsoft we can take it one level further by letting fans know what it's like to see the pit crew experience, the data and all the behind-the-scenes action. We will continue to improve automation with machine learning and artificial intelligence, from marketing to IT operations to finance to racing operations,” said Cook.
Christine Stoffel-Moffett, Vice President of Enterprise Technology at NASCAR, said: “Microsoft is one of our key partners. They have been instrumental in helping the NASCAR enterprise technology team re-architect our Microsoft systems to ensure an advanced level of security across our environment, contribute to our business outcomes, and focus on fan experience.”