In-N-Out Burger Stays Out of Texas

A very nice man, Carl Van Fleet, from the In-N-Out Burger corporate offices returned my call last night. Here is what he said:

“We have taken a look at the Dallas/Fort Worth market for future plans and that may have triggered speculation that In-N-Out was coming to Texas. However. for the next several years, we don’t plan to expand any further than California, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. We have taken a long-term look at Dallas for our future plans.”

And that’s the name of that tune.

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22 comments on “In-N-Out Burger Stays Out of Texas

  1. Yeah, I’m bummed about In-N-Out but I’m more bummed about the lack of another California native – Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

  2. Here is the response I got from IN-N-OUT last week not sure if these people are on the same page

    Thank you for your e-mail. It’s always nice to hear from our customers, and we appreciate your interest.

    Although we are unable to confirm a site in Dallas, TX at this time, we plan on expanding as far as we can, and particularly into areas in which our customers have expressed interest. As such, we are happy to let our Real Estate Department know that you are anxious to have an In-N-Out Burger® location in your area!

    Thank you again for contacting us.

    Sincerely,

    Cherie Yturralde
    Customer Service Representative

  3. Since In-n-Out grinds their own cows in their own facility and has a commitment to never freeze the meat, logistically it doesn’t make sense to move to Dallas without opening many locations. Or opening a butcher facility further east, which also doesn’t stand to reason without opening many locations. Wake my taste buds back up when they’re open in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Amarillo. Conventional Wisdom has them opening in Lubbock, Wichita Falls and OKC before Dallas/Ft. Worth. In the meantime, I’ll continue to support our many awesome homegrown burger emporiums.

  4. Whenever I go to California on business I always eat at In-N-Out Burger at least once. On one trip, I ate there 4 times in 3 days. I hope they come here sooner rather than later.

  5. Five Guys Burgers & Fries in the Galleria can serve as a substitute until we get the real thing. Flavorwise, it’s the closest thing I’ve found to In-N-Out.

  6. Just got back from LA and our beloved In&Out. Ordered the double double of course, Rob, what does “animal style” mean? Anyway my kids and I got back to Austin and went to P.Terrys the next day for a taste test. Our verdict was the fires at P.Terry’s ruled over In&Out, but I the DD is still the bomb.

  7. This Califonia native is bummed…just got back from Southern Cali and the first stop off the plane was In & Out. Well Road trip to New Mexico.

  8. Rob, I sent In-N-Out an email last year after we moved here from L.A. about expanding into Dallas, and more or less got the exact same response you just did. I’m hopeful sometime in the near future, with all the Californians coming to the Dallas/Fort Worth area in recent years, that we’ll get a couple of In-N-Outs here in the Metroplex.

    In the meantime, I’m heading back to L.A. this weekend for a 9 day trip. My first stop after getting off the plane? Yup! You guessed it!

  9. If I were expanding them nationally with the fewest meat plants, I’d build in Lubbock (Denver/Houston), Rochester (Bismarck/Indianapolis), Boise (Salt Lake City/Seattle), Macon (New Orleans/DC/Miami) and Harrisburg (Detroit/Boston). But I don’t have to pay for their gasoline.

  10. Came across this blog and thought I’d comment. I just got back from Phoenix and of course the first night we got there we ate at In-N-Out. I’ve lived near Austin for a little over 4 years now but am originally from SoCal. I often fantasize that my home state businesses would follow me here: In-N-Out, Trader Joe’s, or even Del Taco. Anyway, the manager at one of the Phoenix INO’s asked me where I was from (well I guess I was showing my excitement while ordering!), and he said that the company IS planning to expand to Texas. They have property in Dallas, Houston and AUSTIN (etc) and thats when I stopped listening. But he said it would take 3 to 5 years for those locations to be opened. They just had a meeting about this. I was shocked to say the least. Now if only I could get Trader Joe’s to move out this way then all will be right in my world.

  11. An employee at the In-N-Out corporate store told us they’re opening one in Austin sometime relatively soon.

  12. Lynn B – It is so funny to hear your list of places you miss from California. I too am from CA. I moved to San Antonio a little over 4 years ago. The places I miss most are Trader Joes, In n Out and Del Taco! LOL! I drove to CA this last summer and in Phoenix they told me that they own a piece of property in Austin and it should be completed by the end of 2010. I am hoping that this is true. My husband is in Austin a few times a week and it would be so nice to have him bring home a Double Double!

  13. I heard a rumor yesterday from a Sonic Franchise owner, that the Krispy Kreme in Plano, that shut down a couple of months ago, is going to become an In-N-Out. FINGERS CROSSED!

    As a Former Resident of Laguna Beach, I too miss Trader Joes, In and Out (not Del Taco as Much), but wanted to add Wahoos Fish Tacos and The Coffee Bean and Tea leaf to the things I miss from SoCal. I heard there is a Wahoos in Austin, and two Coffee Beans…. COME TO DALLAS ALREADY!

  14. Lynn is on the right track. The first In n Outs will be opening in the Dallas area. In N Out always has property where they think they may potentially go but that can be years if at all. They will be there sooner than you think but no date set yet. I know that for my family that lives in the Dallas area, they are happy to wait 3-5 yrs because that is sooner than they thought.

  15. roni animal style is where they put their thousand island type dressing all over everything you can get it on ur fries burgers what ever…. im not from the texas area i was just checking too see when they would be coming to this crap stop missouri my parents tragically forced me to move to