In-N-Out Burger Eyes Washington: Development Application Submitted in Ridgefield

RIDGEFIELD, Wash. — In-N-Out Burger has submitted a development application to the City of Ridgefield, as confirmed by a company spokesperson to KING 5 on Thursday.

While the project is still in its early stages, the spokesperson expressed optimism about a positive outcome as the company seeks the necessary permits.

The proposed In-N-Out location is slated to be part of the Union Ridge Town Center. If approved, the typical construction timeline for an In-N-Out restaurant is estimated at eight to nine months before it becomes operational, according to the company spokesperson. However, no specific details about the opening date or the potential approval timeline were disclosed.

Should the Ridgefield location move forward, it would mark the first In-N-Out Burger in Washington state. Currently, the nearest location is in Salem, Oregon.

In response to the development, the city assured that its permitting and engineering teams are closely collaborating with In-N-Out to ensure sufficient queuing spaces and a building design that aligns with Ridgefield’s unique and high-quality standards. The city acknowledged past instances, such as Chick-fil-A openings, which led to traffic challenges in Washington due to their popularity.

In a statement, In-N-Out expressed enthusiasm about the prospect of becoming part of the Ridgefield community and serving customers in the area.

Established in 1948 in Baldwin Park, California, the first In-N-Out burgeoned to five locations in the San Gabriel Valley by 1958. The chain continued to grow, reaching 13 locations in Los Angeles County by 1973 and expanding to 32 by 1984. In 2023, In-N-Out celebrated the opening of its 400th location in Meridian, Idaho.

As of now, In-N-Out operates restaurants in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, and Utah.

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