Fast-casual restaurant concept, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, announced it experienced significant growth in the first quarter of 2018, opening 17 new restaurants. This continued surge in franchise development has helped expand the brand’s presence in new and existing markets nationwide. Freddy’s opened its first Chicago-area restaurant in Orland Park in February and has plans to open three additional locations in the market throughout the year. The company also opened its 300th restaurant in Indianapolis March 13.
Additionally, Freddy’s signed a development and master franchise agreement with Younata Investment Limited to bring the concept to the Middle East, with plans to develop in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman and Qatar. The franchisee group brings more than 25 years of regional business experience within the Gulf Cooperation Council to the American brand and will be opening Freddy’s first international location in Dubai later this year.
“The growth we’re seeing so far in 2018 is unbelievable. It’s through leadership of our outstanding franchisees, commitment to quality products and exceptional service that we’re able to continue expanding and make Freddy’s accessible to more people across the country,” says Randy Simon, co-founder and CEO. “Beyond our domestic openings this year, we’re thrilled to be taking Freddy’s internationally with the opening of our Dubai location later this year. We’re eager to introduce the brand to the international market, as well as new and existing markets in the U.S., and look forward to continuing this accelerated growth momentum throughout 2018.”
This year, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers plans to open more than 40 restaurants nationwide. Franchise opportunities remain in markets across the U.S., including Florida, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New York.