DISCLAIMER: This article was published for April Fool’s Day (April 1).
Following the likes of Hewlett Packard, Oracle, and numerous other California-based businesses that have relocated to Texas, Cali-famous hamburger franchise, In-N-Out is adding their name to the list – not so subtly we might add.
Presently based in Irvine, California, In-N-Out Burger has officially announced its decision to relocate its headquarters to Houston, Texas. Most notably, the company has selected none other than the Astrodome – former home of the Houston Astros – to house its company headquarters.
“We are thrilled to call Houston our new home”, the company stated in a press release. “We believe the city is an invaluable market for growth, recruitment, and flexibility for our personnel. Our new state-of-the-art headquarters at the former Astrodome, we’re certain, will make a great addition to the community.”
Built in 1964, the Astrodome was then the first multi-purpose domed stadium ever constructed. For over three decades, the monolithic space-themed stadium housed the Astros, Oilers, and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo which included a legendary performance by Tejano queen, Selena, in 1995.
In 2008, the city officially closed it off to the public, admitting only maintenance workers and security guards. In the meantime, the iconic Houston structure has remained unused. Though many developers, city officials, and private local businesses have attempted to repurpose the structure, it is only now that the Astrodome will be reborn as the headquarters for In-N-Out Burger.
In-N-Out opened their first Texas locations in 2011 in Allen and Frisco, coinciding with a warehouse and patty-making facility in Dallas. Since then, the company has opened 41 outposts in Texas, with three locations in Houston alone.
“In-N-Out Burger plans to build on our already strong presence in Texas. Soon, we’re sure that In-N-Out Burger will be Houston’s go-to for hamburgers.”
Stay tuned for more details and a happy April Fool’s Day.