February 28, 2017
In-N-Out Burger entered the Texas market six years ago, now operating 32 restaurants in three key cities - Austin, San Antonio and Dallas/Ft. Worth. However, the Irvine, Calif. - based company wants to extend its reach into the Houston area market.
According to a Houston Chronicle article, a local real estate firm said the company was looking at a buying a property in Houston, but no additional information was given.
According to Vice President of Development Carl Van Fleet, the chain is looking at the Houston area along with other markets to grow in the Lone Star state. He said while they are looking at Houston, the company is still in the infancy stages of the process. He said it would be premature to say definitively if there would be an In-N-Out Burger in Houston.
Fans love the In-N-Out restaurant because of its limited menu of burgers, fries and shakes. Its fans include Hollywood stars and high school students. The company has more than 300 restaurants throughout the U.S. and is constantly ranked high by consumers for being a great fast food restaurant.
In-N-Out is still a regional chain although many U.S. cravers have begged for the company to move beyond its Western market. When the first two stores opened in May 2011 in Texas, it was a huge milestone. The company, in an effort to maintain quality, had a second meat commissary built in Texas.
There will be two more restaurants to open this year - San Antonio and Denton. In 2015, the company expanded its reach to the state of Oregon (its sixth state).