A franchisee of Missouri-based Andy's Frozen Custard has a Sanford mall outparcel under contract for its second Greater Orlando location, and hopes to break ground there and on N. International Drive by year's end, the company's construction manager told GrowthSpotter.
Located at the corner of St. Johns Parkway and Blue Topaz Lane in Sanford, the 0.64-acre outparcel lies at the entrance to Seminole Towne Center Mall.
Multi-unit franchisee Ranchers Custard LLC has the site under contract, with a Development Plan under review by city staff and an expectation to close in "the next few weeks," said Augie Nickels.
Planned is a 1,797-square-foot building with drive-thru, limited parking, no indoor seating and a covered patio of 678 square feet.
"We'd like to have a permit in hand by the time we close but are trying to get a good feeling from the city on whether or not there will be any dealbreakers come up for the site," he said.
First reported here in late November 2016, Ranchers Custard is leading the Florida market entry for Andy's Frozen with an 0.84-acre site on North I-Drive. It bought the land in January, and is planning a 2,200-square-foot restaurant with a six-foot-tall ice cream cone sticking out of the roof.
The Sanford building will be smaller than the location planned for North I-Drive by roughly 400 square feet, and in Sanford the large fiberglass ice cream cone will stay indoors.
"Sanford will be what we call our glass tower store, which is more in line with what we've done in the past," Nickels said. "The I-Drive store design was unique to the tourism corridor, so it will be a more expensive building and more time-consuming, but we feel will be special to the tourism corridor."
Ranchers still has its variance request for the I-Drive store under review by the city of Orlando and has construction plans under review, with groundbreaking targeted for the fourth quarter, Nickels added.
CCS Construction is in contract negotiations for the general contractor position on the I-Drive store. Finalist GC bids are now being reviewed for the Sanford project.
Nickels estimates total project cost in Sanford at $1.9 million for the land and new building, with the project fully financed at this point, he said.
Looking forward, Ranchers Custard is pursuing more submarkets in Central Florida to establish the Andy's Frozen brand, and seeks sites between 0.5 acres and 1 acre, which allow drive-thru development and have close proximity to the road for walk-up business, and are close to growing residentials areas, Nickels said.
Founded in 1986 in Osage Beach, Missouri, Andy's Frozen Custard claims to be "the largest frozen custard-only" concept in the United States, featuring a variety of freshly made custard-based desserts. The company has more than 50 locations open or in development across nine states in the South and Southeast, not including Florida.