WICHITA — Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is getting a new corporate office at 260 N. Rock Road, which is conveniently located across the parking lot from the Freddy's restaurant at 310 N. Rock Road."I obviously was cheering for this one," says Freddy's partner Randy Simon, whose Panera Bread office shares the same lot as well.
The Freddy's partners, who include Scott Redler and Simon's brother Bill, have been leasing about 3,500 square feet at 1445 N. Rock Road.
Now, they own the 18,000-square-foot building at 260 N. Rock Road, of which they'll use 6,000 square feet on the upper level.
"With our expansions – we just opened our 74th restaurant – and in our current location we're busting at the seams," Redler says.
The chain's 75th restaurant opens this week. There are eight corporate stores out of the 75. The rest are franchises.
Redler says they want to make sure to keep ahead on resources for franchisees. The company has six franchise business coaches and is looking to add a couple of more.
"We just want to have the right space to do it right," he says.
Remodeling will start in a month. The new space should be ready to move into by the end of the year."This should cover us for a lot of years," Redler says.
Another 15 to 18 Freddy's restaurants will open this year. That includes a third one in Kansas City at the end of September near West 119th Street and Blackbob. Three more Kansas City area restaurants are in various stages of development, including one near West 107th Street and Roe Avenue in Overland Park that also should open by the end of the year.
Redler says there likely will be a celebration to mark the 100th restaurant, but there's not one for the 75th this week.
"It's just kind of another day."