2015 Second 100: Why Freddy's is the No. 4 fastest-growing chain

2015 Second 100: Why Freddy's is the No. 4 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.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers enjoyed 38.4 percent growth in sales as it opened 31 units, giving the chain a total of 135 restaurants — a bump of 31 percent.

CEO Bill Simon said the company is on target to have a total of 185 restaurants by the end of this year.

He opened the first Freddy’s in Wichita, Kan., in 2002 with a straightforward concept: high-quality hamburgers shaped in thin, 1/6-pound patties so they cook quickly. The mos

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