Carmel lands Freddy’s franchise

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Blake Epperson had a very definite image in mind when he was seeking a location for his first Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers franchise.

Carmel fit it perfectly.

My business partners and I are from Kansas,” said Epperson, owner of the franchise. “Our goal was to find a community in Indiana that reminded us of home, one that holds dear the Midwestern culture and values with which we all grew up. We feel Carmel and its surrounding communities are a great match.”

A ground breaking was recently held at Freddy’s first Indianapolis-metro location at 2740 E. 146th St., Carmel. The 3,500-square-foot fast-casual restaurant will seat 100 guests inside, with additional outdoor seating. There is a Freddy’s in Evansville and one under construction in Columbus, Ind.

“Construction has started, and our timeline is still developing, but we’re currently targeting late fall or early winter,” Epperson said. “We hope to employ about 85 local individuals.”

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