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In-N-Out Burger ‘has no plans or intention’ on expanding to Florida

Published: Nov. 10, 2021 at 5:55 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) - Momentum is growing behind the possibility of the West Coast burger chain In-N-Out expanding to the Sunshine State.

It all began with a long-shot offer from Florida’s Chief Financial Officer after hearing the company was fighting with local governments in California over COVID policy and now the highest levels of Florida’s government are involved.

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis has been getting a lot of attention on the Twitterverse since he suggested In-N-Out move to Florida.

“I never realized there were so many East Coast individuals that have enjoyed a West Coast burger,” said Patronis.

The buzz on social media caught the eye of the governor, who held a call with the burger chain’s CEO Monday.

“Having the Governor on board is definitely a game-changer,” said Patronis.

The governor’s press secretary was optimistic about the conversation, telling us one of the biggest obstacles to overcome is that the burger chain’s suppliers for its ingredients are located on the West Coast.

“Of course, Florida also has some of the best farms and cattle ranches in the country, and the governor discussed this with the president of In-n-Out. If they can identify suppliers for all their ingredients here, which we believe is possible, In-n-out could expand to Florida,” said DeSantis Press Secretary Christina Pushaw in an emailed statement.

As an added bonus, Geoff Luebkemann with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association said the state’s uniform COVID policies have the potential to be a big selling point.

Especially after In-N-Out found itself butting heads with local governments in California over vaccine passports.

“Business loves consistency. The opportunity to understand what the rules are regardless of what county or municipality you might operate in is a huge advantage here in Florida,” said Luebkemann.

CFO Patronis told us Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development arm, is excited to work to find suppliers for In-N-Out to make a move to the East Coast possible.

“I hope that between our efforts and the reach that the governor has had with this we may be able to see an In-N-Out somewhere near you in the near future,” said Patronis.

Whether a deal can be worked out or not is still up in the air, but the chain has been moving further east in recent decades, making it as far as Texas.

Capitol News Service reached out to In-N-Out for comment on this story. They sent the following statement regarding Gov. Ron DeSantis’ outreach to the fast-food chain:

“On Monday, November 8, In-N-Out Burger President Lynsi Snyder-Ellingson had a phone call with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.  The phone call was at the request of Gov. DeSantis and the primary purpose was to establish a business relationship.  During that call, Gov. DeSantis graciously invited In-N-Out Burger to do business in the state of Florida.  While we are thankful for the gracious invitation, In-N-Out Burger has no plans or intention to expand operations or move its corporate headquarters to Florida.”

Arnie Wensinger

In-N-Out Burger Chief Legal and Business Officer

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