Drive Through Demise

In this June 8, 2010 photo, cars exit the drive-thru at In-N-Out Burger in Baldwin Park, Calif. (AP Photo/Adam Lau)

In-N-Out Burger is getting closer to being more in than out in Colorado Springs.

The ultra-popular California chain's first Colorado restaurant will be built squarely on the southeast corner of InterQuest and Voyager parkways in the Victory Ridge mixed-use development on Colorado Springs' far north side, according to documents submitted to city planners this week.

In-N-Out announced in November it would expand to Colorado. Officials of Westside Investment Partners, Victory Ridge's suburban Denver developer, said its project was chosen for the chain's first state restaurant, along with a distribution and patty production facility and offices. The restaurant, however, won't open until 2020, they have said.

Colorado Springs will serve as In-N-Out's regional headquarters, Westside officials said. Victory Ridge, which covers 153 acres southeast of InterQuest and Voyager, is a short drive to Interstate 25 and enables In-N-Out to reach markets along the Front Range and into Wyoming and New Mexico.

Documents submitted this week firm up In-N-Out's plans and show a 4,772-square-foot restaurant at InterQuest and Voyager on Victory Ridge's northwest side - a highly visible corner in one of the Springs' faster-growing retail and commercial areas. Nearby projects include InterQuest Commons, InterQuest Marketplace and the Gateway at InterQuest.

"We absolutely believe that retail corner is one of the finest remaining in north Colorado Springs," said Otis Moore, a Westside principal. "Both InterQuest and Voyager have great traffic counts at this point. The surrounding areas have great demographics in terms of shoppers, and we feel that corridor is underserved in a number of these respects. We're trying to fill a need there."

In-N-Out is planning for plenty of business at Victory Ridge; its restaurant will have a single-lane drive-thru long enough to accommodate 27 vehicles, Moore said.

"That would be considered to be a lot, yes," he said.

Documents also show Westside plans to build two 10,000-square-foot, multi-tenant retail buildings that will flank In-N-Out. The restaurant and retail buildings will be part of a nearly 14-acre portion of Victory Ridge.

Talks are underway with potential tenants, including fast-casual restaurants that wouldn't compete with In-N-Out, Moore said. He declined to identify them but said In-N-Out's presence is spurring interest in the site.

"Everybody understands the kind of traffic generation that comes along with In-N-Out Burger," he said. "There's also an intangible that goes along with that, where people want to be adjacent to something that has a coolness factor to it."

In February, Westside submitted documents to the city showing In-N-Out's distribution and production facility and offices would be built on a separate 20-acre parcel on Victory Ridge's northeast side.

Distribution, warehouse and production operations would be in one building, where In-N-Out would make patties and its special sauce, documents showed. The facility also would have a food testing kitchen/laboratory. Another building would house corporate offices.

In-N-Out plans to buy its land at Victory Ridge, although Moore declined to say when it might complete the acquisition.


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