Shake Shack is continuing their cross-country expansion with several new locations in upscale shopping malls, mixed use retail and residential developments, and an airport, prompting some to speculate that the NYC-born burger chain may be priming for an IPO.
Two locations are set for summer openings. In July, Shake Shack will open in the Tysons Corner Center in Fairfax County, Virginia (the largest shopping mall in the state and in the Baltimore-Washington area according to its Wikipedia page).
A second Shake Shack location will also open this summer inside JFK airport in NYC, serving a full menu including burgers, frozen custard, and breakfast sandwiches. According to the terminal map, it will be located near gate B20 in Terminal 4, just 14 gates away from the first location, which opened last May.
In mid-2014, Shake Shack will open their fourth location in Florida in Winter Park, just outside of Orlando, and their first location in Georgia, in a luxury mixed-use development in Buckhead, Atlanta.
Later this year, Shake Shack will move into the Chicago market, with a new restaurant located inside The Shops at North Bridge (across the street from Eataly). The chain will also open a new restaurant on the Las Vegas strip, near the Monte Carlo and New York-New York hotels.
Austinites will get their first taste of the Shack when the chain opens its first Lone Star State location at Lamar Union, a swanky residential/retail development on South Lamar Boulevard in late 2014. A second Shake Shack will open early next year in The Domain, a sprawling shopping and dining complex located in the high-tech corridor of northwest Austin.
Sadly, there's no word of any plans to expand into California...YET!
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