2014 Second 100: Why Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is the No. 2 fastest-growing chain

This is part of Nation’s Restaurant News’ annual Second 100 report, a proprietary census ranking restaurant brands Nos. 101-200 by U.S. systemwide sales and other data. This special report focuses on a smaller, more growth-oriented universe than the Top 100 report. 

A new entrant to the Second 100 report, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers managed to grow its U.S. unit count more than 25 percent, while still accelerating its estimated sales per unit, or ESPU, from 3.5 percent the Preceding Year to 10.5 percent in its latest Fiscal Year. Leaders of the “better burger” noted that franchisees have been driving unit growth and ramping up their opening schedules as they build more scale in their territories. In franchised or comp

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