Freddy’s expects to add 45 restaurants in 2015

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers said Tuesday that it and its franchisees opened 31 restaurants this year, and it expects to surpass that figure in 2015.

The Wichita-based fast-casual restaurant chain said in a news release that it ended 2014 with 135 restaurants in 23 states. States that saw their first Freddy’s restaurants in 2014 were Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Minnesota, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

The privately owned company said it plans to open 45 more restaurants next year, including in new states such as Indiana, Louisiana, Montana and Ohio.

“We’ll continue to navigate our growth carefully and considerately, to keep our infrastructure ahead of the expansion,” Bill Simon, Freddy’s president and CEO, said in the release.

The company also said in the release that eight new franchise groups have signed agreements with Freddy’s. That brings the total number of restaurant development options to 678, which Freddy’s said would be scheduled to open in the next 10 to 15 years.

The chain was founded in 2002 by Scott Redler and Bill, Randy and Freddy Simon.