Joplin, MO—Nearly two years after a devastating F5 tornado ravaged Freddy’s, the restaurant is returning to Joplin at 3118 S. Range Line Road. The new, free-standing location is about 1 mile south of the former site. The official grand opening is Sunday and the crew has been training for the past several days.
“Going through this experience has been tough, but as always, good people stick together and remind you that rebuilding is possible. We appreciate the many supportive neighbors in Joplin who have stayed in touch with us over the last two years while we worked through demolition of the former site, our search for a new location, and the rebuilding process”, franchise operator Jason Ingermanson reflected. “We we’re blessed to survive the tornado with only property damage. The restaurant was full at the time of the tornado and many of our guests credit General Manager Meagan Snider with saving their life. I am so proud of Meagan and so glad that she is still with us—she is still the store’s general manager and this is a very emotional accomplishment for her as well”.
Guests who survived the tornado in Freddy’s restroom will be among the first to dine in the new location. Several of them also participated in a check presentation ceremony with company namesake Freddy Simon a couple months after the tornado. Freddy’s collected money at stores across the country and donated over $17,000 to the Greater Ozarks Red Cross.
“This is a full circle moment for Freddy’s. We’ve been touched by the enthusiasm of our Joplin guests who’ve awaited our return with so much anticipation. At each point of this process, we’ve been blessed by members of our hard-working team who kept pushing forward when things got tough”, commented Freddy’s COO Scott Redler. “We’ve all had the same goal in mind and we can’t wait to open our doors. Hearing the first steakburgers hit the grill and watching the fresh, creamy custard being churned fresh in the store is truly an honor and a blessing”.
Co-founded by Scott Redler and Bill, Randy and Freddy Simon, Freddy’s opened its first location in Wichita 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, three in the Kansas City market, and one in the Dallas metro area. Eighty-three franchise units serve other areas of Kansas, Missouri and Texas as well as Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah and Virginia. For 2013, Freddy’s was again named among Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Franchise 500®”. In 2012, besides Entrepreneur Magazine’s recognition for that year, Freddy’s was included among Inc. Magazine’s 500/5000 list of “Fastest Growing Private Companies”, QSR® Magazine’s “10 Best Franchise Deals”, Franchise Times® Magazine’s “Next 300 Franchise Chains”, and 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, a sister publication to Nation’s Restaurant News. Recently, Freddy’s was recognized by Technomics as the 5th fastest growing burger concept in the country. In the local community of the company’s founding, Freddy’s has repeatedly won first place Readers’ Choice Awards in multiple categories, including Best Burger, Best Fries and Best Hot Dog, from the Wichita Eagle newspaper and was a recipient of the 2011 Best in Business Award from the Wichita Business Journal.