Work continues Friday, Sept 30, 2016, on Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, which will open in late October at 7615 Trailside Drive in West Chester Twp. in front of Cabela’s. Menu highlights from the family-friendly restaurant chain with a presence in 30 states nationwide include lean ground beef steakburgers, Vienna Beef hot dogs and shoestring fries, as well as custard treats prepared with freshly churned chocolate or vanilla frozen custard. ERIC SCHWARTZBERG/STAFF

Jobs alert: Fast-food restaurant on hiring push for area locations

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is looking to hire more than 40 new employees for area locations.

The company, which was founded in 2002, has grown to 349 domestic locations that serve 32 states across the nation and two international locations in Dubai. It employs approximately 20,000 people nationwide.

A West Chester Twp. location opened at 7615 Trailside Drive near Cabela’s in late 2016 and is one of several in southwest Ohio.

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It offers cooked-to-order steakburgers seasoned with Freddy’s Famous Steakburger & Fry Seasoning, Vienna Beef hot dogs, shoestring fries paired with Freddy’s Famous Fry Sauce and frozen custard that is freshly churned throughout the day.

“The current push to increase our employment is both to prepare for our future development of local restaurants as well as to keep a full roster to best serve our guests,” said Carol Kalwa, marketing coordinator for Freddy’s.

Total number of hires for the entire market would be approximately 40 and salary varies based on position, experience and location. Starting entry level positions would vary from $8.75 to $10 an hour, Kalwa said. Hourly management reflect that window as well, starting $10.50 to $12.50 and salary managers starting at $45,000 with the potential for bonus, she said.

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We asked Kalwa about the hiring process for Freddy’s. Here’s what she had to say:

Q: What’s the biggest challenge facing you and others in the industry and how is the company uniquely positioned to address that challenge?

“The ability to hire and retain staff is always a challenge in the restaurant industry. We combat this challenge by providing our franchisees with a robust training program and dedicated support staff. Opportunities for advancement, our Bill Simon Memorial Scholarship Foundation and a fun, friendly culture are a few of the tools we use to retain great staff.”

Q: Some job seekers are concerned about the limits of advancement within a company or an industry. To what degree can your employees advance from entry-level roles to be promoted to greater positions within the company?

A: “Opportunities for advancement include trainer, assistant manager, general manager, etcetera. We are very proud that four of our seven current General Managers have been promoted internally and all started with us as hourly crew members. With Freddy’s in Cincinnati, we are always working on professional development to help advance our staff which benefits both our business and our communities.”

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