Construction could start next week on a building that will include Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, a development executive said Tuesday.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers will be located on a corner lot at South Illinois Avenue and South Tulane Avenue, between Taco Bell and Golden Oak Buffet.
The restaurant has signed a lease in a building that will be about 9,000 square feet, said Neil Wilson of RealtyLink, the company redeveloping the former 58-acre Oak Ridge Mall as Main Street Oak Ridge.
The company has previously said it could open in Oak Ridge next year.
During an Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce event Tuesday morning, Wilson said the corner lot, which was once a detention pond, is one of the best commercial property corners in Oak Ridge.
The building that includes Freddy’s could include two other businesses as well, although those spaces haven’t been leased yet. A site plan for the vacant 1.4-acre lot was considered by the Oak Ridge Municipal Planning Commission on October 19. The entrance to the site is off the road that runs in front of T.J.Maxx, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Walmart.
The new Freddy’s restaurant would be within walking distance of eight new stores that have opened at Main Street Oak Ridge: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Electronic Express, Maurice’s, PetSmart, Rack Room Shoes, Rue 21, T.J. Maxx, and Ulta.
Based in Wichita, Kansas, Freddy’s was co-founded in 2002 by brothers Bill and Randy Simon, and their friend and business partner, Scott Redler. The three men named the restaurant after Bill and Randy’s father, Freddy Simon, a World War II veteran, the company said.
“Today, Freddy’s restaurants from coast to coast serve a menu reminiscent of the all-American meals Freddy prepared for his family,” the company said.
You can see a menu here.
Freddy’s has other locations in Tennessee and is opening others. You can learn more about its Tennessee locations here.
See previous story here.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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