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May 30, 2024

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In-N-Out Burger to Expand to Middle Tennessee

The popular West Coast burger chain is finally making its way East!

Popular California burger chain In-N-Out is bringing a corporate office and Animal Fries to Middle Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee and In-N-Out Burger officials announced Tuesday.

The company plans to invest $125.5 million to establish an eastern territory office in Franklin, which represents In-N-Out’s first expansion east of Texas. The project will create 277 new jobs in Williamson County.

“I’m proud to welcome In-N-Out Burger, an iconic American brand, to the Volunteer State,” Gov. Bill Lee says. “We thank In-N-Out for planting roots in Williamson County and creating new jobs for Tennesseans.”

In-N-Out's Double-Double, Animal Style Recipe

About In-N-Out in Middle Tennessee

The first step to get the chain’s juicy burgers in the Volunteer State is for In-N-Out to build its new corporate hub.

Located off Interstate 65 in Franklin, In-N-Out will begin construction on its 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 addition to the eastern territory office, In-N-Out plans to open future restaurants in the region, beginning with locations in and around 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.

California’s first “drive-thru” hamburger stand, In-N-Out was founded in 1948 by Harry and Esther Snyder and is still owned and operated by the Snyder family. In-N-Out still makes its own 100% American beef patties from whole chucks, all burgers are made-to-order, French fries are made from fresh, whole potatoes hand-diced minutes before enjoyed, shakes are made with real ice cream, and nothing is ever frozen or microwaved.

Since 2018, TNECD has supported more than 20 economic development projects in Williamson County, resulting in 4,200 job commitments and $200 million in capital investment.

“We are very excited to provide Tennesseans with our quality burgers, fries and shakes,” says Lynsi Snyder-Ellingson, In-N-Out owner and president. “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.”

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.