The franchise group will purchase an acre of land in the northeast corner of the Meijer parking lot. The fast-food restaurant would occupy approximately 90 parking spaces on the 1,200-space lot. The proposed location is part of the Meijer-Gilmore Planned Unit Development (PUD) which was approved in 1995 so that the Meijer could be built.
The proposed Freddy’s is expected to be 2,400 square feet and will have outdoor patio seating and a drive-through window. It would also have a brick veneer exterior with stone paneling on all four sides, according to plans. An overhang will partially cover the patio.
If approved, it would be the third restaurant at PUD Meijer-Gilmore. In 2019, a highly anticipated Chick-fil-A restaurant opened along South Gilmore Road. In 2021, Dunkin’ Donuts opened next to Chick-fil-A.
Examination by the planning commission on April 13, with the second and third legislative readings due on April 25 and May 9.
If approved, this Freddy location would be the first of more than a dozen locations owned by Gatta’s franchise group in the Cincinnati-Dayton area planned over the next several years, he said. There are several Freddy locations in Southwestern Ohio owned by other franchisees, with the closest to Fairfield being at West Chester Twp.
“We just opened two locations in the Cleveland area, and we have a pretty aggressive development schedule for the entire state,” Gatta said. “We’ve worked with Meijer at a few sites across the state and they fit well with our demographics. They seem to work well with our business.
Construction on the project could begin as early as this summer, if approved by the city this spring, and complete within the calendar year. Several dozen full-time and part-time employees would also be hired.