Andy’s Frozen Custard moves into former National Art Shop property

Andy’s, the popular Springfield-based frozen custard company, is considering a new location at the former National Art Shop property in Springfield.

National Art Shop, located on National Avenue just north of the Missouri State University campus, was a Springfield institution for 51 years. before closing in April when the owners retired.

Andy Kuntz, CEO of Andy’s Frozen Custard, confirmed plans for the new location, adding that his company is going through the clearance process.

Andy’s already has a menu item named after MSU’s mascot Boomer the Bear, and Kuntz is hoping that a location so close to campus will be popular with students.

“We like that it’s on the west side of the street that connects to MSU,” Kuntz said. “We like the idea of ​​being connected downtown and closer to MSU and the games.”

Kuntz said her company jumped at the opportunity to acquire the property once she learned it was a possibility.

“It’s awesome,” Kuntz said, adding, “This is probably the most exciting store we’re opening right now, in my opinion.”

Kuntz told the News-Leader they were aiming for a second-quarter opening, but that could be pushed back due to supply chain issues. Ideally, Kuntz said, the store will be open before the fall semester begins.

Plans for Andy’s new location include the demolition of the old National Art Shop building, but Kuntz said he wanted to keep some elements of the past intact by designing the new store to look like the old one. building.

“We certainly want to pay homage to the art store that has been around for 50 years,” Kuntz said, adding: “We understand very well what was before us and we respect history and the past and we are not here to push it. I wish we could use this building, but that wouldn’t work. “

Kuntz said he hopes to open a new location where an iconic Springfield business, once operated, will further connect Andy’s to the city.

“We really feel like this is the store that pairs twice to connect us to the great city of Springfield,” Kuntz said.

Andy’s has six other branches in Springfield and over 100 branches nationwide.

Ralph Green is an economics reporter for the Springfield News-Leader. Contact him at [email protected], by phone: (417-536-4061) or on Twitter at RalphGreenNL.

Laura J. Boyer