UPDATED: In-N-Out Burger, California's first "drive-thru" hamburger stand founded by Harry and Esther Snyder in 1948, announced intentions to open future restaurants in Tennessee with an Eastern territory office to be built in the city of Franklin.
In an announcement released by the state of Tennessee, Governor Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart McWhorter confirmed In-N-Out's plan to invest $125.5 million into a new large-scale office that will be constructed in neighboring Williamson County. The project will create 277 new jobs, which will likely equal residents of both Williamson and Rutherford Counties being hired because of its location. Officials report the building will be constructed in the area of Highway 96 and I-65 in Franklin.
In-N-Out will begin construction on the 100,000-square-foot office building by late 2024, with construction slated to be complete by 2026. The eastern territory office will house positions that support various business functions, from operations management to HR and IT. In-N-Out is recognized as a company that is committed to treating its associates like family.
The company also plans to open restaurants in the Nashville Metro Statistical Area, which could include at least one eatery in the Murfreesboro or Smyrna areas. In-N-Out plans to open future restaurants in the region, beginning with locations in Nashville by 2026. Currently, In-N-Out has 385 locations throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas, Oregon and Colorado. The Tennessee restaurants will be In-N-Out’s first establishments east of Texas.
Additional Details on In-N-Out in Tennessee: With an office opening in nearby Franklin, this means future restaurant sites are being eyed throughout Tennessee and to the East of the Volunteer State as well. However, exact locations of future restaurants have not been announced.
“We are very excited to provide Tennesseans with our quality burgers, fries and shakes,” said Lynsi Snyder, In-N-Out owner, president and sole granddaughter of Harry and Esther. “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.”
Set to celebrate its 75th anniversary in October 2023, In-N-Out has grown from a humble 10x10 stand in Baldwin Park, California, to one of the most recognizable brands in the industry due to its commitment to Harry Snyder’s simple business philosophy – “give Customers the freshest, highest quality foods and provide them with friendly service in a sparkling-clean environment.”
Today, hamburgers are still made-to-order, French fries are still made from fresh, whole potatoes hand-diced minutes before enjoyed, and shakes are still made with real ice cream. Hamburger patties are made from 100% American beef and whole chucks are boned and ground by In-N-Out's own butchers. In-N-Out supplies fresh, never frozen ingredients to all 385 locations, and In-N-Out’s more than 35,000 Associates are still treated like family.
“This expansion is significant for our Company,” Lynsi Snyder said. “For many years, we’ve heard requests from our Customers in Tennessee to consider opening locations near them, further east than we’ve ever been. Our Customers are our most important asset at In-N-Out, and we very much look forward to serving them in years to come, and becoming part of the wonderful communities in The Volunteer State.”
In-N-Out has locations throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas, Oregon and Colorado. In-N-Out was founded by Harry and Esther Snyder and is still owned and operated by the Snyder family. To ensure the highest quality food and service for every Customer, In-N-Out does not franchise any restaurants.
The corporate offices are located in Irvine and Baldwin Park, California.