In-N-Out at the Village? Just a rumor, developer says

krodine@idahostatesman.comNovember 20, 2013 

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Rumors are roiling around Facebook and Twitter that In-N-Out Burger is coming to The Village at Meridian. But don’t get your taste buds set yet, said Hugh Crawford, general manager for the big new complex on Eagle Road.

Rumors are roiling around Facebook and Twitter that In-N-Out Burger is coming to The Village at Meridian. But don’t get your taste buds set yet, said Hugh Crawford, general manager for the big new complex on Eagle Road.

“That’s all that is, is a rumor,” Crawford said Wednesday. “Somebody asked the question on Facebook and it sort of created quite a stir.”

“Every developer or landlord would love to have In-N-Out burger on their project, and we would ... welcome them here, but that’s not a tenant that’s coming soon to the property,” he added.

A spokeswoman for the Meridian city building department said it has received no permit application for an In-N-Out Burger.

The regional chain, launched in Baldwin Park, Calif., by Harry Snyder in 1948, developed an avid following as it grew to more than 200 locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Texas. It’s now led by Snyder’s granddaughter, Lynsi Torres.

A Treasure Valley businessman, Larry Squillace, launched a pair of Burger Express restaurants in 2011 that mimicked In-N-Out's color scheme, decor and menu, prompting In-N-Out to sue. The lawsuit was dropped when Squillace agreed to make some changes. Both Burger Express restaurants have since closed.

Kristin Rodine: 377-6447

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