In-N-Out Burger

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Don't worry, In-N-Out fans: Your beloved burger empire won't be relocating to the Sunshine State anytime soon. 

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis invited In-N-Out Burger to move its headquarters from Irvine, California, to Florida after the chain made headlines for defying local vaccine mandates. In October, In-N-Out's only San Francisco location was shut down after the restaurant refused to check the vaccination status of indoor diners. 

Arnie Wensinger, In-N-Out's chief legal and business officer, said at the time that San Francisco was trying to "segregate" customers. "We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government."

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The chain's apparent exasperation with vaccine mandates led to overtures from Florida, which has spurned similar restrictions. DeSantis and In-N-Out owner Lynsi Snyder-Ellington chatted earlier this week, but the chain says it will be staying put.

"While we are thankful for the gracious invitation, In-N-Out Burger has no plans or intention to expand operations or move its corporate headquarters to Florida," Wensinger said in a statement.

Most of In-N-Out's 350 locations are concentrated in California, but there are also restaurants in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, and Utah. 

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