Freddy’s Names Chief Development Officer, Expands Franchise Development Executive Team

by Katie Lee

Wichita, Kan. — Fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers® has added multiple new members to the development team, which will be led by Andrew Thengvall, who was recently promoted to chief development officer. For the last 6 years, Thengvall served as senior vice president of strategic growth & chief legal officer. Now he will oversee the company’s most recent additions including Mary Coots, director of franchise development, and Todd Phelps, director of franchise real estate.

“Andrew Thengvall’s dedication to advising and strengthening the Freddy’s brand has been stellar and we have the utmost trust in his ability to continue to accelerate our franchise growth in this expanded position,” says Chris Dull, CEO. “We are thrilled that he has taken on this new role and excited to see him lead this skilled and enthusiastic team of experts to capitalize on our opportunities for expansion, as one of the fastest-growing franchises in the country.”

Thengvall joined Freddy’s in 2015. Coots, who joined the Freddy’s team in May 2021, most recently served as senior franchise sales manager at Global Franchise Group. Phelps joined the Freddy’s team in June 2021 and his past experience includes real estate director at The Wendy’s Company.

These investments in the company’s development leadership team are fueled by Freddy’s continued surge in franchise growth and ongoing success systemwide. Thengvall’s team will be responsible for establishing market prioritization, franchise sales, DMA management, identifying prospective new franchisees, and coaching prospects through the discovery process. Together, the group brings over three decades of franchise experience combined, in addition to Thengvall’s 10+ years of legal experience.

Co-founded in 2002 by Scott Redler and Bill, Randy and Freddy Simon, Freddy’s opened its first location in Wichita, Kan. The brand was acquired by private equity firm Thompson Street Capital Partners in March of 2021. Today, Freddy’s has grown to more than 400 locations that serve 32 states across the nation. For more information, visit



SOURCE: Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers


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