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In-N-Out Burger “doubles” its business growth, announcing it will open new locations in Tennessee, the most easterly the company has ever visited.
The California-based fast-food chain — where you can order your “Animal Style” burger off the company’s “not-so-secret menu” — said Tuesday it will open new restaurants in Tennessee as well as a ” Eastern Territory Office” in Franklin, just south of Nashville.
In-N-Out owner and president Lynsi Snyder — who is also the only granddaughter of founders Harry and Esther Snyder — said the company is eager to expand into Tennessee.
“In every decision I make, I always consider what my family would want. I have no doubt that my grandparents, father and uncle would be proud of this decision to expand our family of associates and serve customers. even more incredible from Nashville and surrounding areas,” Snyder said in a statement.
State officials, who applauded the announcement, said In-N-Out’s planned administrative office in Tennessee is expected to be a $125.5 million investment that will create 277 new jobs in the county. of Williamson.
“I am proud to welcome In-N-Out Burger, an iconic American brand, to the voluntary state,” Governor Bill Lee said in a statement. “Tennessee’s unparalleled business climate, skilled workforce and central location make our state the perfect location for this family-owned company to establish its first hub in the eastern United States.”
The iconic burger restaurant that began in 1948 as a 10′ x 10′ stand in Baldwin Park, California, now has a total of 385 locations across the state as well as in Nevada, California. Arizona, Utah, Texas, Oregon and Colorado.
In-N-Out plans to complete construction of its Franklin office and open its new restaurants in and around Nashville by 2026.
Snyder told The Associated Press that the company will likely expand in the region as well, as shipments from its warehouse in Texas would pass through several neighboring states.
It’s not the only fast-food chain with a devoted fan base stretching east. Texas-based Whataburger opened its first restaurants in Tennessee last year.