In-N-Out Announces First East Coast Location


A close-up of the In-N-Out sign | Image by Flickr

In-N-Out is continuing its eastward expansion.

The popular California fast food chain plans to open a new location in Nashville, the first time the family-owned company has expanded east of Texas, according to a company press release.

The new Nashville location is slated to open in 2026. The company is also opening an office in Franklin, Tennessee. 

Lynsi Snyder, the granddaughter of In-N-Out’s founders, hinted that the company’s latest announcement could lead to future restaurant openings in other states, according to the Chicago Sun-Times

The company notably does not keep any freezers or microwaves at its locations, ensuring that its restaurants are within a daily driving distance from its patty-making meat distribution centers in California and Texas.

“Knowing that we’ll be delivering from our warehouse in Texas … there’s a path there that might cross a few other states,” Synder said in a statement. “So, don’t worry, there are others that will be included in this plan eventually.”

In-N-Out was founded in 1948; its 385 locations are still owned and operated by the Snyder family.  

“In every decision I make, I always consider what my family would want. I have no doubt that my grandparents, dad, and uncle would be proud of this decision to grow our associate family and serve even more amazing customers beginning in Nashville and the surrounding areas,” Snyder continued.

The state’s economic development officials say the Tennessee expansion is expected to be a $125.5 million investment, according to NPR. It will add 277 new jobs in Williamson County, where its office in Franklin is located. 

“I’m proud to welcome In-N-Out Burger, an iconic American brand, to the Volunteer State,” Gov. Bill Lee said in a statement.
“Tennessee’s unmatched business climate, skilled workforce and central location make our state the ideal place for this family-run company to establish its first eastern United States hub.”

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