Overflow crowds greeted the arrival late last week of a new Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers at South Eighth Street and Interstate 35, in an area that rapidly is becoming another restaurant row in Waco.
The stretch recently has seen the arrival of Chick-fil-A and Twisted Root Burger, and there will be openings of Waco’s second Chipotle Mexican Grill location and an In-N-Out Burger.
Freddy’s joined the Greater Waco market last year, when it opened a shop at Hewitt and Mars drives. Local Freddy’s franchisee Keith Alter said it is doing so well, he couldn’t resist putting up another to serve the Baylor University-downtown Waco area.
“Our newest location is right across from Baylor, and we hope to be an accessible option for area residents, as well as students looking to grab a quick bite to eat or a place to relax with friends and leisurely enjoy a meal,” Alter said.
Freddy’s operates 166 locations in 23 states. The chain has opened 31 locations this year, with 15 on schedule to arrive before the end of the year. It plans to unveil 50 additional locations in 2016.
A quarterly Economic Development Update e-newsletter prepared by the staff of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce recently placed second in its category during a meeting of the International Economic Development Council.
The IEDC each year awards Excellence in Economic Development Awards, and the Waco chamber’s finish is among them.
“It’s an honor to receive recognition for our economic development work,” said Whitney Richter, business development and marketing manager for the Waco chamber. “The Greater Waco Economic Development Update e-newsletter acts as a marketing tool for the chamber’s economic development team’s success, local company news and community activity.”
It provides community data for local companies and economic development prospects. It connects 10,000 economic development contacts to the chamber’s real estate website, WacoProspector.com, and builder website, WacoCustomReports.com.
The IEDC selection committee said the newsletter exceeded expectations in effectiveness, innovation and creativity.
Doubts about Maddio’s
The new Lake Air Village shopping center at Lake Air and Valley Mills drives is the site of a new Whataburger restaurant and a Sprint store. The marquee out front says it also will be home to a Maddio’s Pizza Joint.
But whether Waco will get a Maddio’s has now been placed in doubt, according to sources.
Edge Real Estate Services is marketing the shopping complex. An company agent confirmed that negotiations are continuing on whether the franchisee, which has signed a lease, wants to continue with plans to place a Maddio’s in the center.
Maddio’s allows customers to build their own pizzas.
Buses for sale
Tennessee-based Carpenter Bus Sales has opened a facility in Elm Mott, having completed a multi-million-dollar renovation of the former home of the Antique Mall and Dog Museum, the company said last week.
The company sells new and used buses, offers bus service and repair, and has a bus rental division.
Carpenter Bus Sales’ primary customer base includes churches, senior care communities, municipalities and limousine services, a release said. It has access to 200 buses, including so-called shuttle buses and mini-buses, with space for 10 to 49 passengers. It does not sell or provide use of shuttle buses such as those operated by Greyhound and Trailways.
The business has 10 employees in its sales, service, marketing, rental and management departments.