March 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // Wichita, Kan. – With store growth projected to nearly quadruple over the next decade, quick-casual restaurant chain Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers adds seven new career positions to help support its franchise expansion. The company currently operates 112 nationwide locations and projects to increase that number by 40 percent through the end of 2014.
Jacqueline K. Levings joined Freddy's recently as General Counsel. With more than 30 years of experience in general business law, she's advised numerous private and public companies. Levings will counsel Freddy's on employment, real estate and franchise law, contract preparation and negotiation, and will provide regular guidance to the company's executive group.
Codi Busse and Jennie Doose, both of whom previously held in-store positions at company operated locations, will now aid the restaurant's franchise training program. "Codi and Jennie are now a part of our Franchise Business Coach team. Here, they directly assist franchise groups when we open a new location. Additionally, each Freddy's site receives a visit from an FBC team member at least three times per year," commented COO Scott Redler. "Many congratulations to Codi and Jennie; we're very grateful our expansion continues to foster this type of organic growth."
Freddy's recently hired its public relations intern of seven months and Wichita State University graduate, Alexandra Pearce, to fill the position of Public Relations Coordinator. Pearce will aid in the distribution of media materials and assist in corporate communication.
"In addition to the 17 states in which we currently operate, we'll soon expand into Idaho, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Arkansas, as well as Tennessee, Georgia, North and South Carolina," said Zach Woodburn, Director of Franchise Support. "Codi and Jennie will help us meet the demands of our extended reach and we've also created and filled another three Franchise Business Coach positions. As our numbers increase, preparation and planning is key; these seven new team members will help broaden our franchise assistance system and ensure we continue to execute at a consistently high level."
Co-founded by Scott Redler and Bill, Randy and Freddy Simon, Freddy's opened its first location in Wichita, Kansas during 2002, offering a unique combination of cooked-to-order steakburgers, Chicago dogs, and other savory items along with its signature desserts prepared with premium frozen custard made fresh throughout the day. Freddy's founders operate six locations in the Wichita Metro area, five in the Kansas City market, and one in the Dallas market. One-hundred franchise units serve other areas of Kansas, Missouri and Texas as well as Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah and Virginia. Already in 2014, Freddy's was included in Franchise Times® Magazine's "Fast & Serious List" and named a "Newsmaker of the Year" by the Wichita Business Journal. In recent years, Freddy's has earned several repeat recognitions including Entrepreneur Magazine's "Franchise 500®", one of QSR® magazine's four "Rising Stars" in the Best Franchise Deals issue, and first place winner in the Wichita Eagle newspaper's Readers' Choice Awards in multiple categories, including Best Burger, Best Fries and Best Hot Dog. Also that year, Freddy's was one of Franchise Times® Magazine's "Next 300 Franchise Chains," and was included among Inc. Magazine's 500/5000 list of "Fastest Growing Private Companies". In 2012, besides those recognitions repeated in 2013, Freddy's was named one of Business Insider's "8 Better Burger Chains Poised to Conquer America." Freddy's has also been listed as the Fifth Fastest Growing Chain Restaurant in the United States and Canada by Chain Store Guide and 5th Fastest Growing Burger Concept in the country by Technomic.