Beloved burger beast In-N-Out is one step closer to opening its first location in the Willamette Valley. This June, the fast food chain plans to begin construction on a restaurant less than an hour south of Portland, within the Keizer Station mall.
As Salem’s Statesman Journal first reported, the company is scheduled to break ground on June 6, with no official opening date set— that being said, In-N-Out “officials” told Portland’s FOX 12 that it should take five to six months to complete construction and open at that location.
Last year, a fake sign for an In-N-Out appeared in downtown Salem, which goaded VP of Operations Denny Warwick into acknowledging plans to expand farther north. “We have looked at and evaluated a few sites in Salem and the surrounding area, but we are still in the very early stages of development and are not yet ready to move forward with a particular location,” he told the Statesman Journal. “We do believe that the Salem area is a great community and we do hope to be there in the future, but, at this time, it is far too early to comment on a specific location or any kind of timeline.”
Then, in August, Keizer Mayor Cathy Clark told the paper that an In-N-Out representative met with the Keizer city council discussing the mall’s sign ordinances, letting it slip that In-N-Out is planning to move in. There was relative radio silence up until May 2019, when the company announced plans to begin construction through the summer.
Oregon currently has two In-N-Out locations, both of which are in Southern Oregon: One in Grants Pass, and another in Medford.
• In-N-Out [Official]
• In-N-Out Burger coming to Keizer Station, mayor says [SJ]
• In-N-Out Burger to break ground in early June at Keizer Station [SJ]
• Construction of new In-N-Out Burger in Keizer set to begin in June [Fox 12]
• In-N-Out is scouting locations in Salem [SJ]
• In-N-Out Burger to open in Keizer, just 45 minutes from Portland [The O]
Update, May 8, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
This story has been updated to include the date In-N-Out begins construction.
Disclosure: Eater Portland editor Brooke Jackson-Glidden reported on In-N-Out for the Statesman Journal.