Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has something cooking for the old Winstead’s site in Merriam.
David Block, president of Block & Company Inc., the company representing the property owners of the Winstead’s building, confirmed Tuesday that he is in negotiations with Freddy’s to open a new restaurant in the pad site outside the vacant Kmart property.
“I feel very optimistic that that will be completed,” Block said.
Community Development Director Bryan Dyer had told the Merriam city council Monday that the restaurant chain is “still in conversations” about the possibility of opening a new restaurant in the pad site outside the vacant Kmart property.
“They are moving forward with that,” Dyer told the Merriam council.
Chris Engel, city administrator, said he had reached out to developer David Block a few days ago for a status update on the planned renovation of the Kmart property. Engel said Block had “nothing to report” yet, but the two plan to re-connect again next week.
Block & Company, which had been working on a possible mixed used development for the area, had indicated intentions in February 2017 to see if it can incorporate the former Winstead’s into the cohesive plan for the site.
Winstead’s closed in Merriam in January 2017.
Freddy’s currently has five locations in Johnson County.