Let the burger wars begin: In-N-Out makes first property purchase in Houston
HOUSTON – In-N-Out Burger has taken its first tangible step to joining the Houston burger wars by purchasing land in the west Houston area, according to Harris County Appraisal District records.
In-N-Out Burger on May 18 purchased the property at 8373 Westheimer, just east of Dunvale Road in front of the Walmart.
In-N-Out released a statement to KPRC2 that read in part, "While it’s true that we have purchased property in Houston as a potential future restaurant, we are still evaluating our opportunities there and are in the very, very early stages of that process. I anticipate it will be more than a year before any further progress develops.
"Although we look forward to the possibility of future opportunities in Houston it would be extremely premature to speculate when or even if we will open a restaurant there. I’m sorry we can’t be more specific at this time, we don’t want to mislead your viewers. We appreciate your checking in with us."
KPRC 2 first reported on In-N-Out Burger coming to Houston back in January when the company said it plans to close on several sites in the city this year.
About six years ago, In-N-Out announced it would open a 57,000-square-foot distribution center in Fort Worth to service new locations across the state, according to the Houston Business Journal.
It now distributes to restaurants in and around Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and New Braunfels.
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