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Freddy’s Heads to Canada

Fast-casual concept plans at least 20 locales north of the border




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Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers (Wichita, Kan.) is expanding to Canada, via a master agreement with an experienced franchise group in that country. The plan is to open at least 20 Freddy’s restaurants across nine Canadian provinces, excluding Quebec.

The move is being spearheaded by Jim Werschler and Gregg Most, of North 49 Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

“Gregg and Jim are well-known and highly respected franchisees, especially within Canada, and we are thrilled to continue our partnership with them as they introduce Freddy’s to their home country,” Andrew Thengvall, Chief Development Officer at Freddy’s, said in a news release.

The group joined the Freddy’s franchise network earlier this year to help the brand enter the Dakotas with a store in Fargo, N.D., and has plans to build three additional locations in that state — in Grand Forks, Minot, and Bismarck.

” After seeing the success of our first North Dakota location, we felt it made sense to continue our partnership and introduce Freddy’s to Canada,” said Most. “We’re excited to bring this iconic, forward-looking brand to our country for the first time, while simultaneously bringing other franchisees on board to expand Freddy’s Canadian footprint.”

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers currently has more than 450 locations across 36 states nationwide. Since the start of the year, the company has added 140 units to its development pipeline in both new and existing markets, and is poised to continue the momentum well into 2023, the company says.


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