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In-N-Out Burger

This California-based burger joint has developed a large cult following over the years thanks to its focus on tasty patties, fries and drinks. Veteran In-N-Outers can opt for the not-so-secret menu if they're in the mood for Double Meat or Animal Style, but be prepared for a drive. The closest In-N-Out is in Prescott.

It’s not Trader Joe’s.

But the coming of an In-N-Out Burger to Flagstaff is still big news to local foodies.

Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours confirmed that the biggest hamburger chain in California will be coming to Flagstaff in the near future.

A letter to Nabours from In-N-Out Burger Development Manager Kenneth Kim, which is dated July 1, states that the burger chain has submitted a site plan to the city for its first Flagstaff location. The new 4,385 square-foot restaurant will be located at 1860 S. Milton Road.

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The Pizza Hut at that location will be reconfigured to fit both restaurants on the site.

In-N-Out, which began in California in 1948, has achieved almost cult status among fast food aficionados in the West. It has three distribution centers west of the Mississippi and refuses to deliver any product more than 500 miles, so the East Coast is still barren of In-N-Outs. Phoenix is the newest distribution location, so most of Arizona and Nevada are on the expansion target list.

The restaurant is known for homestyle burgers, including medium rare by request, and fresh fixings and lots of cheese. Employees are paid higher than the industry average and the chain has a lower turnover rate. It doesn’t believe in franchising its properties, so all 313 locations are corporate-owned.

From its founding, the company printed Bible verse references on its cups. Rich Snyder, the then president of the company, commissioned Christmas radio jingles asking listeners to let Jesus into their hearts alongside In-N-Out commercials. Snyder was a Born-Again Christian, and the verses (along with occasional radio ads) still exist today.

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Education/Business Reporter

Suzanne writes about education and business. She covers the local school district, charter schools and Northern Arizona University. She also writes the Sunday business features.

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