The newest store for Andy’s Frozen Custard Inc. – the company’s 101st – is open in Republic.
The Republic store launched Wednesday and joins the 35-year-old company’s 25 other Missouri locations, including six in Springfield, according to its website. It’s at 1355 U.S. Highway 60. The store opening was announced on the city of Republic’s Facebook page.
Andy’s interest in opening its first Republic store was revealed by city officials in January, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting. Republic City Council authorized a development agreement for public improvements with White Shirts LLC, a commercial property developer and lessor operated by Andy Kuntz, president of Andy's Frozen Custard, according to Jan. 19 meeting minutes. Kuntz had the 1355 U.S. Highway 60 property under contract at the time.
City Administrator David Cameron said the development agreement involved the city building a street behind Andy’s to allow for new access points along Highway 60. The agreement also included the installation of water, sewer and curbs. Total cost for the city, including labor, was $150,000, he said.
“It created two lots that front 60 and a bigger lot behind that,” Cameron said, adding the other two commercial lots are currently vacant.
The Andy's Frozen Custard site previously was occupied by a Meek’s Lumber Co. store. The property was listed by R.B. Murray Co. for sale at $1.9 million.
Attempts to reach Andy’s officials for comment were unsuccessful.
A day before launching in Republic, Andy’s announced via LinkedIn its 100th store opened this week in Kansas City.
Earlier this month, Kuntz said in an interview with Nation’s Restaurant News the company hopes to grow 15%-20% annually. The trade publication reported Andy’s achieved sales of $124.4 million in 2020, a 16.4% year-over-year increase.
Andy’s operates in 14 states and has eight stores listed as coming soon on its website. The company began franchising in 2005 but it’s unclear how many franchise stores it has in its portfolio. The Republic store marks its first to open in a Springfield bedroom community.
Austin, Texas-based Kendra Scott LLC made its Springfield debut; Lost Boys Barber Co. LLC relocated; and Wilson Logistics Inc. opened its corporate headquarters in Strafford.