Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers begins remodeling building picked for its new south Fargo restaurant

The fast-casual restaurant will be going into the site that once housed Marco's Pizza and Wingstop outlets at 2653 45th St. S.

A Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers restaurant will be going into the building at 2653 45th St. S., pictured Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021. The building used to house Marco's Pizza and Wingstop restaurants.
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FARGO - Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has begun demolition and the rebuilding of the interior of a south Fargo building for its new restaurant.

A permit to remodel 2653 45th St. S. was issued Tuesday, Dec. 21.

Work on the 4,227 square foot building, previously shared by two other restaurants, is expected to cost $460,000, according to city permitting documents.

Kansas-based Freddy’s announced Sept. 15 that its fast-casual restaurants were planned to go into the Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck and Minot, N.D., markets.

Freddy’s signed a franchise agreement with Canada-based BOTL International LLC to develop five units in North Dakota. BOTL representatives said the company planned to open its Freddy's locations in the second quarter of 2022.


If the address sounds familiar, it was the home to Marco’s Pizza and Wingstop. Both eateries opened in the spring of 2019 and closed that fall.

Before Marco’s Pizza and Wingstop, the building had been home to Reese & Riley's Olive Oil & Bistro Bar, a business which later reopened in Moorhead's Azool Center, 935 37th Ave. S.

Wingstop and Marco's were owned and operated by Anderson Franchise Investments, the company that first opened a People's Organic Cafe at the site in 2014.

In September, Freddy’s said the agreement with BOTL was among five development deals that could put 30 restaurants in Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, North Dakota and the greater Chicagoland area.

Freddy’s has experienced a surge in franchise development, opening more than a dozen new restaurants in the first half of 2021 alone, including locations in Boise, Idaho, Memphis, Tenn, and Pensacola, Fla.

The company has grown to more than 400 locations in 34 states, according to the Freddy's website .

The company was was co-founded in 2002 by Scott Redler and Bill, Randy and Freddy Simon. The first restaurant was opened in Wichita, Kan.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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