BEAVERTON, Ore. — In-N-Out Burger, the California fast-food chain, scoped out property along Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway for a new location earlier this year.
The burger monger had a pre-application conference scheduled with Washington County for 10565 S.W. Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., county records that carried a June 26 date show. The address is technically right outside Beaverton city limits, hence the records were with the county instead of the city.
An In-N-Out at that spot along Beaverton-Hillsdale would put it just off Highway 217. It also would land it right next to a Chic-fil-A.
KGW in July reported that In-N-Out was considering Portland-area openings other than a proposed location in Tualatin, including a Beaverton outpost. Willamette Week and Tualatin Life also had news of the Tualatin idea.
There's a confusing bend in this paper trail: 10565 S.W. Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. also is a listed address of Hawaiian Time, another restaurant. While it wasn't immediately clear if In-N-Out was still eyeing that location specifically, the company signaled it does still want a Portland-area footprint.
Carl Arena, In-N-Out’s vice president of real estate and development, told the Business Journal last week that the company has worked on potential spots for both Tualatin and Beaverton.
“We are very enthusiastic about both opportunities,” Arena said in an emailed statement, noting the development process remains in its early stages. “We do know that both Beaverton and Tualatin are fantastic communities, and we definitely look forward to serving customers there in the future.”
The burger chain, headquartered in Irvine, Calif., has 357 locations across the United States, according to a company spokeswoman.
Here's Arena's full statement:
"We have been working on possible sites for future restaurants in both Beaverton and Tualatin and we are very enthusiastic about both opportunities. That said, it is still very early in the development process so design elements such as building exteriors, site layouts, circulation and access are still evolving.
"Because it is still so early in the process, it would be premature to comment on a timeline or if we will even achieve development approvals. Once we do begin construction on a new location, it usually takes us 5 to 6 months to build the restaurant and open for business.
"However, there is still quite a bit of work to be done before we can even set a time to begin construction. I'm sorry I can't be more specific than that, but anything I could offer would be a guess and I do not want to take a chance on misleading your readers.
"We do know that both Beaverton and Tualatin are fantastic communities, and we definitely look forward to serving customers there in the future."
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