“I watched and saw how they grew,” Gerstner says of the business that Scott Redler and brothers Randy and Bill Simon started.
He’s known them for years.
“Just being around those guys and kind of understanding it” led to his decision, Gerstner says.
He’s working on a lease in Colorado Springs. He has a four-store deal there.
“It’s just a great opportunity,” Gerstner says. “We’re kind of already eyeing other markets around the country.”
He’s not likely to open — or leave Wichita — for six months to a year.
Gerstner is in the process of selling his businesses here, which include Green Zebra, which he’s selling off customer by customer, Green Zebra Valet Parking and Nutrition Kitchen.
Once Gerstner establishes himself with Freddy’s, he doesn’t anticipate standing behind the counter taking burger and custard orders much.
He wants to be more entrepreneurial, like Redler and the Simons.
“That’s, obviously, the goal.”