In-N-Out seeks 50 people to serve burgers in Eureka

Company offers $15 per hour to start

A construction crew works in the rain on Monday on the soon-to-open In-N-Out at the corner of Broadway and Vigo streets in Eureka. The company is looking for 50 associates for the store. (Ruth Schneider — The Times-Standard)
PUBLISHED: | UPDATED:

The In-N-Out location on Broadway is looking for a few good people from Humboldt County to staff the restaurant.

An ad posted on Craigslist states the company is “now hiring for our new Eureka location.” In-N-Out is offering starting wages of $15 per hour with the potential to earn up to $17.50 per hour.

“We hope our Eureka restaurant will open with around 50 newly hired associates,” said Denny Warnick, vice president of operations, in an email to the Times-Standard. “Since all of our restaurant managers are promoted from within, the positions available are for entry-level associates.”

Management at In-N-Out locations can reportedly earn more than $160,000 per year.

The start of the hiring process suggests the In-N-Out will be opening soon. But the company is mum on a date.

“Although we have begun accepting applications for the Eureka location, an opening date has not been set,” Warnick said. “We typically begin the application process one month prior to interviewing candidates.”

Eureka Public Works Director Brian Gerving said the spot is expected to open in the first quarter of 2020, but he has not received any new information from the company.

The building behind In-N-Out is also taking shape. It will have a Chipotle and a Mod Pizza as well as two retail shops. (Ruth Schneider — The Times-Standard)

Behind the In-N-Out is another new building that is expected to house a future Chipotle and Mod Pizza. There will be two other retail shops sandwiched between the food offerings, but Gerving does not know what the shops will offer.

“The shell of the building is coming along really well,” Gerving said of the back building. “A lot of interior improvements are yet to be completed.”

The Carrington Company, which owns the property where the buildings are going up, said there have been a few delays but that construction is in “the final stages.”

“We anticipate it to be done shortly,” said Brice Burtchett, the project manager with the Carrington Company.

Burtchett added that there is “a lot of interest” in the retail spots, but nothing is set in stone yet.

Gerving said the Vigo Street traffic signal is being worked on, but scheduling with the rainy weather has made it difficult.

“Right now, we’re holding (while) waiting for the right combination of weather and our work windows,” he said. “Broadway is sensitive to construction impacts. The next phase has to be done at night.”

He added, “The light poles are on their way to us.”

The traffic signal at Vigo Street won’t pop up overnight, it takes about five to seven days to get the signal up and working.

Asked whether there was concern about the loss of small local eateries along Eureka’s portion of U.S. Highway 101 — including the recent closures of Stuft Potato and Marcelli’s — and the rise in fast food locations, Gerving said, “the city absolutely is concerned.”

“Each of those cases has a different circumstance that led to the closing,” he said. ” In some cases, it’s the desire for the proprietor to retire. In other cases, it’s different reasons. We are concerned about our local business and do everything we can to help them prosper.”

Interested applicants should go to in-n-out.com to find an online application.

Ruth Schneider can be reached at 707-441-0520.

blog comments powered by Disqus