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Jack in the Box coming to Layton, Ogden; 5 in all in the works in Northern Utah

By Tim Vandenack - | Nov 29, 2022
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The site of a planned Jack in the Box fastfood outlet on the southeast corner of Harrison Boulevard and 4800 South, photographed Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.
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The site of a planned Jack in the Box fastfood outlet on the southeast corner of Harrison Boulevard and 4800 South, photographed Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.
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The site of a planned Jack in the Box fastfood outlet on the southeast corner of Harrison Boulevard and 4800 South, photographed Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.

OGDEN — As many as five Jack in the Box eateries are coming to Northern Utah, including one in Ogden and two in Layton.

The popular fast-food outlet currently has only three restaurants in Utah — Cedar City, St. George and Washington. However, another is expected to open in Layton sometime next year, according to Mountain West Commercial Real Estate, which helped find the Layton site for the restaurant at the northeast corner of Antelope Drive and Main Street.

“I think there is a strong interest, the Wasatch Front has built in customers of Jack in the Box. We are ready and excited for this restaurant,” Adam Lewis, a Mountain West broker, said Monday in a message to the Standard-Examiner. He said the Layton Jack in the Box is to be operated by the corporate office, not a franchisee.

Barton Brierley, the Ogden planning manager, said planning staffers have approved a site plan for another Jack in the Box outlet at the southeast corner of Harrison Boulevard and 4800 South in Ogden, not far from the Weber State campus. An entity identified in online property records as JIB 1 owns the land and submitted the site plan for the restaurant, but a JIB 1 rep couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Similarly, a corporate rep from Jack in the Box, which is based in San Diego, California, didn’t say much. “At this time we do not have a lot of information to share. Please follow up in February for more updates!” Casey Middleton, an associate public relations manager for Jack in the Box, said in an email to the Standard-Examiner.

Lewis, though, said Jack in the Box has plans for a second Layton location and two in Logan, making for five new Northern Utah outlets in all including the Ogden site. He didn’t have timelines or any other specifics but foresees a mix of franchise and corporate locations along the Wasatch Front.

Jack in the Box is one of the few top national food chains without a presence in Northern Utah. It ranked 21st on the QSR 50 list of top restaurant chains in 2021 gauging by sales, behind Little Caesars and ahead of Papa Johns, which are pizza chains. QSR is a national trade publication covering the restaurant industry.

“Since launching a franchise-led expansion strategy in mid-2021, the burger brand has sealed 50 agreements consisting of more than 200 restaurants — the most commitments in Jack’s 71-year history,” reads the QSR report, released last August.

According to the Jack in the Box website, there are 2,200-plus Jack in the Box locations in 21 states. In an online pitch for franchisees, Jack in the Box says Utah “has a wide range of cities that offer the key demographics Jack in the Box is looking for,” including the Logan, Ogden-Clearfield, Provo-Orem and Salt Lake City metro areas.

Lewis said a car wash has been demolished to make way for the first Layton Jack in the Box. Mountain West marketing information shows that a Pollo Loco and Take 5 Oil Change are also to take shape at the northeast corner of Antelope Drive and Main Street with space for a fourth business.

Likewise, Brierley said a car wash, now gone, had occupied the location where the Ogden Jack in the Box is planned. The land currently sits vacant.

Jack in the Box acquired Del Taco, with 600 locations, earlier this year and sold off Qdoba in 2017, according to QSR. The merger with Del Taco will create “synergy,” Lewis said, “but no sharing of space is planned.”

Del Taco has four locations in Weber County, according to its website.

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