The greater Fort Hood area will not trail too far behind the greater Austin area as In-N-Out Burger opens in Killeen.

The California-based restaurant chain opened locations in Round Rock and Austin about a month ago, said Carl Van Fleet, the company’s vice president of planning and development.

Locations arrived in Texas in May 2011, when In-N-Out opened stores in Allen and Frisco, stated the company’s website. There are now at least 18 locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and a third coming to Cedar Park.

“We’re coming up on three years in North Texas, and we’ve been open in the Austin area for a little over a month,” Van Fleet said. “We are very happy with both of those markets, and we continue to look forward to adding new restaurants in Central Texas.”

On Dec. 17, the Killeen City Council approved a platting request that would allow In-N-Out Burger to construct a facility between the Sprint store and Wendy’s on Central Texas Expressway.

An existing structure at 2501 W.S. Young Drive will be removed so the restaurant can be built.

Van Fleet didn’t say when construction would start, but said once it begins, it takes between four and five months to erect an In-N-Out Burger.

“There is a lot that happens before we can even begin construction,” he said, expecting work to start some time this year.

The replatted site is a good location, Van Fleet said.

It will accommodate the space with great surroundings and is close to the highway.

“Killeen is a vibrant area and … we are really enthusiastic about the opportunities there,” he said. | 254-501-7554

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