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Jack in the Box Inc. Completes 70,000-square-foot Innovation Center

Jack in the Box Inc. Completes 70,000-square-foot Innovation Center

State-of-the-art complex in San Diego to facilitate development of new products, equipment and processes for Jack in the Box® restaurants

SAN DIEGO – Great ideas come from interesting places – like the shaded base of an apple tree where Sir Isaac Newton discovered the theory of gravity. Or the church hymnal where Spencer Silver realized the utility of Post-it Notes. Starting this week, Jack has a new hopper for his ideas – namely those designed to improve guests’ experience at his Jack in the Box® restaurants. That new place is his Innovation Center.

The 70,000-square-foot complex, which opened this week just north of the company’s San Diego headquarters, unites marketing, R&D and other departments key in developing innovative food and service initiatives. In addition to providing office space, the Innovation Center includes test kitchens, labs, consumer research rooms, a photography studio and a video production area.

“The Innovation Center symbolizes the company’s renewed commitment to innovation, enabling Jack in the Box to respond to the ever-changing demands of consumers and excel in a very competitive industry,” said Linda Lang, president and chief operating officer. “This facility brings many groups together and creates much-needed space for new product development and testing.”

Completed on schedule within an 11-month construction timeline, the new Innovation Center not only enhances the company’s capabilities, it does so while conserving costs. Every expenditure in the building – from cabinetry to carpet – was carefully evaluated to ensure it contributes to both long-term functionality and the company’s Profit Improvement Program. As just one example of this “value engineering,” the windows aim to maximize the use of exterior light, reducing the energy required for interior lighting.

Designed with innovation and “high-energy” collaboration in mind, the two-story building features tall ceilings, open workstations, project rooms and libraries. With centrally located conference rooms and galleries named for famous innovators, like Ben Franklin and Henry Ford, the floorplan of the Innovation Center encourages creative thinking, teamwork and spontaneous discussions among employees from various departments.

“Unifying several cross-functional teams in one cutting-edge building is intended to give Jack in the Box a competitive advantage,” Lang said. “Ultimately, the Innovation Center will help us execute our strategic plan and deliver a superior experience for our guests.”

Jack in the Box Inc. (NYSE: JBX) operates and franchises two restaurant chains, Jack in the Box® and Qdoba Mexican Grill®, in 32 states combined. Jack in the Box is the nation’s first major drive-thru hamburger chain, with more than 1,950 restaurants, and Qdoba Mexican Grill is an emerging leader in fast-casual dining, with more than 130 restaurants. With headquarters in San Diego, Jack in the Box Inc. has more than 45,000 employees.