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In-N-Out proposes second Clark County location in east Vancouver

California fast-food chain already has plans for Ridgefield restaurant

By Sarah Wolf, Columbian staff writer
Published: April 23, 2024, 5:38pm

California fast-food chain In-N-Out has proposed a second restaurant in Clark County — this one at 13511 S.E. Third Way in east Vancouver, according to pre-planning documents submitted to the city.

The property is currently home to a vacant Rite Aid building on the northwest corner of Mill Plain Boulevard and 136th Avenue. The building is expected to be demolished to make way for a brand-new development if the restaurant’s planning application is approved.

The company confirmed it submitted a development application Wednesday morning but said it’s still early in the pre-development process.

“We hope for a positive outcome, as we work with the city to pursue out permits and approvals,” said Mike Abbate, vice president of store development at In-N-Out Burger.

In-N-Out has proposed a 3,860-square-foot building with 84 indoor seats, as well as a 30-car drive-thru lane and 74 parking stalls.

Abbate said once construction begins on a new location, it usually takes eight to nine months to build a restaurant and open for business.

The proposal includes plans for a new stucco building with patio seating, open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

The restaurant expects to have 10 to 15 employees working each shift, with three shifts per day.

The proposal is the second in the county. In-N-Out, which has about 400 locations around the Western U.S., proposed a location in Ridgefield in February.

The company touted the Ridgefield location as the first proposed restaurant in Washington. The closest location to Clark County is in Keizer, Ore., although Washington County, Ore., approved a land-use application for a location in Beaverton, Ore., just last week.

In-N-Out is a cultural icon in California, long known for its simple and affordable menu.

The 76-year-old fast-food chain serves burgers, cheeseburgers, milkshakes and fries. Burgers can be made a variety of ways from the restaurant’s “Not So Secret Menu.” Customers can customize burgers with two meat patties, with three or four patties and cheese slices, without meat, without a bun or served animal style — a mustard-cooked patty with pickles, extra spread and grilled onions.

“We look forward to the possibility of being part of the Vancouver community, and having this great location to serve our customers,” Abbate said.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated with a statement from In-N-Out that came in after deadline.