After a headline-making arrival in Colorado last month — complete with a 14-hour-long drive-thru line in Aurora and customers camping out in their cars overnight in Colorado Springs — In-N-Out has put its plans to expand into Fort Collins on hold.
The California-based burger chain restaurant is no longer eyeing 1700 S. College Ave. as a potential drive-thru location, In-N-Out Vice President of Real Estate and Development Carl Arena told the Coloradoan in an email Thursday.
“But we know that Fort Collins is a wonderful community and we are evaluating other potential sites there,” Arena added.
In-N-Out officials met with Fort Collins officials back in October 2019 to discuss plans for a 3,832-square-foot restaurant at 1700 S. College Ave. — a skinny building strip that is home to various businesses, including The Wok and Roll restaurant and drive-thru.
BizWest first reported Tuesday that the chain’s Fort Collins plans were likely dead, citing a stall in the development process and the South College Avenue building in question being for lease.
City planners told the Coloradoan on Thursday that they hadn’t heard from the company regarding the location’s development for a month or two, indicating they were no longer working on the concept.
If the plans had gone ahead, the College Avenue site would have been part of the company’s vast Colorado expansion, which has so far included the November openings of restaurants in Aurora and Colorado Springs. Soon, a Lone Tree location is set to open. The chain also built a Colorado Springs distribution center to support its current and future restaurants in the state.
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