A frozen custard shop has been signed as a tenant in the old Barnes & Noble store in downtown Evanston.

Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Andy’s Frozen Custard Inc., has leased about 2,000 square feet at 1701 Sherman Ave., the building the bookstore left a few years ago for its new, bigger store across the street in the Sherman Plaza development.

Andy’s, based in Springfield, Mo., has one location in southwest suburban Bolingbrook and is close to a deal for a Loop location. It hopes to open the Evanston shop by May.

As Evanston Now reported last month, another new tenant in the 1701 Sherman building is Clearwire Corporation, a Kirkland, Wash., based company that has recently rolled out fourth-generation mobile Internet service in the Chicago area. The 2,500 square foot Clearwire store is also expected to open this spring.

That leaves about 19,000 square feet available on the building’s second floor. Crain’s reports that’s now being marketed as office or retail space to be reached from a new first-floor lobby.

The building had stood mostly vacant for a couple of years while its owner tried to find a single tenant for the former Barnes & Noble space.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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