Braum’s to close one site, open several more

WICHTIA — Braum’s is having an active month in Wichita.

The ice cream and grocery chain is closing one store, readying two other sites for future Braum’s stores and has purchased property for a store at least a year or two down the road.

First, the Braum’s on Central near West Street is closing after business Sunday.

“The store’s been there for quite a while,” says marketing director Terry Holden. “Twenty years roughly.”

He said the new Braum’s just west of 21st and Amidon is attracting some of the Central customers.

“Customers gravitate to the newer, better,” Holden says.

The chain hopes to eventually open a new store somewhere near the one that’s closing.

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Freddy’s Frozen Custard to expand to Kansas City area

WICHITA — The owners of Freddy’s Frozen Custard are making their first foray into in the Kansas City area.

President Bill Simon says there will be a company-owned Freddy’s in Overland Park near 135th and Metcalf by spring.

It will be the first of about eight stores the company plans to bring to the greater Kansas City area.

“We’ve been wanting to get . . . to the Kansas City area for a long time,” Simon says.

The 3,500-square-foot, free-standing Overland Park Freddy’s will be similar to the one in Wichita in front of the Warren Theatre at 13th and Greenwich.

On Thursday, the new Freddy’s in Derby will open in a strip center in front of Target at Derby Marketplace at 71st South and Rock Road.

This Freddy’s, which is the sixth company store, will be 2,500 square feet and have a drive-through.

And the 30th Freddy’s franchise store will open in Hays on Monday, which brings the total number of Freddy’s stores to 36.

You don’t say

“I am now 84, and while this business may have caused my golf game to suffer, I believe my time with Freddy’s has added years to my life.”

Freddy Simon of Freddy’s Frozen Custard on starting the business when he was 77