Wichita, Kansas-based Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has signed its second development agreement for Canada. Led by Dan Arndt of ZZA Hospitality, the deal calls for the opening of five Freddy’s restaurants in Alberta, Canada.
The announcement follows the chain’s signing of a master franchise and development agreement in Canada last November with veteran franchisees Jim Wershler and Gregg Most of North 49 Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.
“Bringing an iconic brand like Freddy’s into Canadian territories has been an exhilarating journey, and we feel thrilled to be closer to debuting our first franchise location in Alberta,” Most said in a company press release. “It’s a pleasure to work with ZZA Hospitality as we realize our goal of expanding Freddy’s Canadian footprint.”
ZZA Hospitality operates several quick-service restaurant franchises and will develop the five Freddy’s locations over the next five years.
“Our first franchise restaurants will be a testament to our commitment to sharing the joy of Freddy’s with the vibrant communities here,” Arndt said in the release. “Freddy’s dedication to serving high-quality, cooked-to-order menu items and providing genuine hospitality will resonate with Canadian guests.”
Freddy’s, which has over 500 locations, opened over 60 stores in 2023 and plans to grow its count to 800 units by 2026.