In-N-Out Burgers Started In California in 1948

S. F. Mori

Their prices are reasonable for good hamburgers
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In-N-Out Burger restaurants have become very popular and successful. There are often long lines especially at the drive thru. They have inside seating along with tables outside. Many people agree that it is a place where you can get good hamburgers for a reasonable price.

Although In-N-Out Burgers have not been in Utah for a long time, they actually started in 1948 as a drive-thru hamburger stand in California.

Harry Snyder was a man whose hometown was Baldwin Park, California. He served in World War II and later worked with a catering company. He was interested in having a business. He met and married a woman named Esther. They moved back to Baldwin Park and opened their first restaurant across the street from the home where Harry grew up. Esther did the accounting for the business.

Three years later they opened a second restaurant in Covina, California. Their operation was a small Southern California chain until the 1970s. The family managed the first restaurants to ensure good quality. The chain had 18 restaurants when Harry Snyder died in 1976. His son Rich Snyder became the company president in 1976 at the age of 24 with his brother Guy becoming vice president. They had both worked in the business from a young age.
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They opened their first restaurant outside of Southern California in 1992 in Las Vegas, Nevada, After 20 years under the leadership of Rich Snyder, the chain had grown to 93 restaurants. The In-N-Out Burger restaurants have now expanded to other parts of California and to Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and Oregon.

After the 93rd store had been opened in Fresno, California, tragedy came to the family as Rich Snyder and four other passengers died in the crash of a charter airplane. Guy Snyder became president of the company for six years, until he died in 1999. His mother, Esther, then took over as president.

After Esther Synder died in 2006 at the age of 86, the presidency of the company went to Mark Taylor. He was their former vice president of operations and the first non-family member to be president.

The president and owner of In-N-Out Burgers is now Lynsi Snyder. She became president of the company in 2010. She is Guy's daughter and the only grandchild of Harry and Esther Snyder.

In-N-Out Burgers expanded into Utah in 2008 with their first store in Washington, near St. George. They added locations in Utah, including at American Fork, Centerville, Draper, Midvale, Orem, West Jordan, and West Valley.
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Unlike most American fast food chains, In-N-Out Burgers does not franchise. The operations and locations are under the original family name. They have announced that they have no plans to franchise yet.

In-N-Out Burgers are good restaurants to get hamburgers where you get good quality and value. They have proven to be very popular.

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I am a retired President/CEO of civil rights organizations. I have been a Mayor and California State Assemblyman as well as a College Instructor of Economics. I have also been an entrepreneur and international business consultant. I will be sharing articles mostly about life, politics, racism, travel, health, and relationships.

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