Freddy’s opening scheduled for Feb. 10

Noah Pasley

Colorado State University’s burger lovers and lunch fanatics may have despaired when they returned last week to a still-unopened Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in the Lory Student Center. 

However, students can rest easy, as Freddy’s is still scheduled to open early this spring semester.

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Mike Ellis, assistant vice president for Student Affairs and executive director of the LSC, said Freddy’s is due to open Feb. 10 in an email to The Collegian

“We knew this was an aggressive timeline,” Ellis said, citing lead times in ordering equipment and construction materials.

Ellis also said that while the LSC doesn’t require environmentally friendly packaging materials, it encourages its dining partners to move in that direction, adding that “Freddy’s has been very responsive in understanding the campus community’s desire for environmentally friendly packaging.”

Ellis also said that, per the lease agreement with dining partners, lessees must agree to use commercially reasonable efforts to incorporate sustainable efforts in their operations and maintenance of the premises. These efforts include “minimizing waste and diverting from landfills, reduced consumption of energy and reduced consumption of water,” according to the clause provided by Ellis.

Although Ellis said he preferred the opening of Freddy’s to fall in conjunction with the first day of classes this semester, Freddy’s was always planned to open at least sometime during the spring semester.

“The intended opening for Freddy’s has always been early spring semester,” Ellis said.

The restaurant fills the vacant spot left by Carl’s Jr., which closed after the 2019 spring semester.

The opening of Freddy’s in the LSC was originally announced after the expiration of Carl’s Jr.’s lease in the LSC food court and subsequent closure during the summer of 2019. The opening was set to occur in the spring, according to an email sent during the fall semester to LSC directors from Emily Ambrose, assistant director of training and development at the Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement office at the LSC.

The Wichita, Kansas, fast food company, which has locations in 32 states and the United Arab Emirates, specializes in steakburgers, frozen custard, sundaes, hot dogs and chicken sandwiches. 

The two closest Freddy’s locations from campus are both approximately 8 miles away. One is in Timnath on Weitzel Street near I-25 Exit 265, and the other is in Loveland at West 64th Street near U.S. Route 287. 

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“We’re very pleased Freddy’s is currently on track to open Feb. 10,” Ellis said. 

Noah Pasley can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @PasleyNoah.