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In-N-Out Keeps Eye on Vintage Oaks

The company confirms that Vintage Oaks Shopping Center is another option while they decide to officially pull the plug on the proposed Ignacio location.

In-N-Out Burger has confirmed to Novato Patch that the is on the short list of potential locations for a new burger spot.

Carl Van Fleet, the company's director of planning & development, said in an email that it's too early in the process to go into specifics. "We do hope to be in Novato in the not-too-distant future," he wrote.

Fans of the burger joint have been following the story with mouth-watering anticipation for In-N-Out burgers ever since the company first announced it was looking at a .

The first sites to receive a serious look from the company were two neighboring properties, a former Jiffy Lube and a garden center, situated at Enfrente Drive and Entrada Drive in Ignacio. Some residents of the area were  primarily because of the traffic and late-night noise. In May 2012, the company let that property fall out of escrow, citing challenges with the soil on the site.

Stephen Marshall, a senior city planner, said he was notified last week that the company plans to formally withdraw its application for the location in Ignacio. Marshall said In-N-Out continues to express interest in finding a Novato site but hasn't sent in an application for a new location.

had more than 300 votes cast with 121 voters in favor of a Vintage Oaks location. Redwood Boulevard received 87 votes and Ignacio came in with 37 votes. The poll has been added to this story.

The , in the planning stages just south of Vintage Oaks, received a scant 16 votes from a hungry and opinionated public. The city-approved project, which will include a hotel, restaurants and retail stores is slated to be built just beyond Costco with access via Rowland Boulevard and Vintage Way. Opponents of the Hanna Ranch project often predicted increased traffic on those roads, and an In-N-Out at Vintage Oaks could also impact traffic.

In-N-Out prefers high-visibility locations and looks for “dynamic, high activity areas near retail mass, freeway locations, major intersections and commercial shopping center pads.” It also likes “easy ingress/egress, ability to use our 'classic' image.”

Bottom line: All the In-N-Outs that I’ve ever stopped at are next to the freeway where you can spot the signage or smell the burgers, requiring you to immediately to pull over and get in the drive-through line. "I'll have a No. 1 and be eating in the car."

Travis Howard July 17, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I'm wondering where at Vintage Oaks they would be located since the old Fresh Choice building is reportedly going to be a Verizon store and the old Smokehouse building is reportedly going to be Hopmonk Tavern?
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) July 17, 2012 at 09:17 PM
It'll be interesting to see how that unfolds, Travis. Nothing on the record yet from the management at Vintage Oaks.
Bill July 17, 2012 at 11:36 PM
In-N-Out will be taking over the Burger King building. It will be razed and a new building built. BK closes 8/26.
Mark Burnham July 18, 2012 at 12:01 AM
if bill is correct about in and out taking the burger king spot then, oddly enough, that is good news for hopmonk. in and out will bring a whole new audience to the depths of the parking lot at vintage oaks. it will help hopmonk get "recognized" there and bring more customers its way.
Karter July 18, 2012 at 04:22 PM
double- double animal style....at least thats what the husband likes!
Ventress Dugan July 18, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I would love to have an to have this in Novato, but the Vintage Oaks location only has one way in and one way out. This means it will share the entrance from Hwy. 101 with Hanna Ranch and our HOSPITAL and the burger joint and Costco and Target. Ever tried to get thru this area at Christams.....hate to need to get to the hospital. Better to have it on south Redwood Blvd. Easy access to the freeway and visible from 101.
Tracey Ruiz July 19, 2012 at 06:39 AM
I've always wondered if making the roadway around the shopping center into a one-way loop would make entering and leaving the mall more efficient.

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