Freddy’s expected to open late summer, early fall

tporter@lsjournal.comJune 7, 2013 

  • 50 The number of employees expected on staff when Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers opens later this summer in Lee’s Summit.

If you build it, jobs will come.

Maybe that’s not the official slogan of Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, but when the Wichita, Kan.-based corporation opens its company-operated outfit in late summer or early fall in Lee’s Summit, close to 50 jobs will accompany the unveiling.

Sarah Selmon, Freddy’s director of communication and site analysis, said the new location at 194 N.W. Oldham Parkway – the site of the now-demolished Waid’s Restaurant – will be the fifth location in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The company also has a location under construction in Overland Park, Kan. that will possibly open just a few weeks prior to the Lee’s Summit site, Selmon said. Freddy’s first entered the metro area in August of 2010 with a location at 135th and Metcalf in Overland Park. The second site followed in Liberty, and the third metro area location opened in Olathe last October.

“Freddy’s has been welcomed warmly by the families of Kansas City and plans to continue growing in the area with the two sites currently under construction,” Selmon said. “The Lee’s Summit location will make a convenient option for families in the area. It has great visibility on (U.S.) Highway 50 and convenient access to Interstate-470.

“This corridor is home to lots of great development over the last few years and we are excited to join the neighborhood. We continue to look for great locations throughout Kansas City and plan to build additional restaurants in the coming years.”

Selmon said Freddy’s is a unique concept in the food service business.

“Our focus is on high-quality food, prepared after you order it, and served by a team of hospitality experts,” she said. “We pride ourselves on maintaining the highest standards in cleanliness as well.”

She added the Kansas City area already feels like home to Freddy’s.

“With Lee’s Summit being the fifth area location, we don’t anticipate a reaction from the community quite like we get when entering a brand new state or region for the first time,” Selmon said, “but we look forward to serving our neighbors in the area and hope they appreciate the convenient option for freshly churned custard, piping hot shoestring fries, and Freddy’s double steakburger.”

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