In-N-Out Burger restaurant will likely open in Keizer
KEIZER, Ore. - In-N-Out appears to be moving north and looking to build a new restaurant at Keizer Station, according to city officials and representatives from In-N-Out.
The news broke Monday night during the Keizer City Council meeting when Kori Seki, a project manager for In-N-Out, made the surprising announcement.
"Oregon is considered a new market for In-N-Out," he said. "Only two restaurants, Grants Pass and Medford, have been open to date. The City of Keizer will be the third. It will serve as a new entry benchmark into Portland and other metropolitan areas with its presence and brand recognition."
The mayor and city councilors were visibly excited during the council meeting. Mayor, Cathy Clark, said it was surprising In-N-Out chose that moment to make the announcement.
"There had been rumors, there are rumors about everything. They had been working to bring this project online and we knew they would announce when they were ready to. But yes, everybody was so excited," said Clark.
She went on to say, "We're thrilled to have In N Out join the Keizer family of businesses."
City leaders say they have been talking with In-N-Out for several months about opening a new location in Keizer. Clark says In-N-Out is looking at Keizer Station for their restaurant. This would put the California burger giant right next to I-5 and less than one hour from Portland.
The developer at Keizer Station, Donahue Schriber, refused to comment on any talks with In-N-Out
Nothing is set in stone yet, though. City leaders say In-N-Out has not signed an agreement and they are still in the development process.
"We do hope to open a restaurant in Keizer at some point in the future. That said, it is still very early in the development application process so design elements such as building exteriors, site layouts, circulation and access are still evolving," said Carl Arena, Vice President of Real Estate and Development with In-N-Out.
Arena said it is still too early to comment on a timeline for the new location, or if they will even achieve approval for a development.
Clark says she's confident In-N-Out will end up in Keizer.
"When you have a business like In-N-Out that is a very experienced corporate entity, there not going to come out and come to a meeting like that unless they are pretty far along in their process," said Clark
A Keizer location would be the northernmost In-N-Out burger in the country.
Curiously, the burger chain skipped over the Eugene area. It is unclear if there are plans in place to build a restaurant there.
"Once we begin construction on a new location, it usually takes us about five months to build a 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," said Arena about opening a new location, but he could not comment specifically about the timeline for a Keizer restaurant.