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Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK), based in San Diego, is a restaurant company that operates and franchises Jack in the Box® restaurants, one of the nation's largest hamburger chains, with more than 2,200 restaurants in 21 states and Guam.

Key Dates in History


Robert O. Peterson, a San Diego businessman and restaurateur, opened the first Jack in the Box restaurant on the main east-west thoroughfare leading into San Diego, at 6270 El Cajon Blvd. Perhaps by coincidence, 1951 was the same year that publisher Merriam-Webster first referenced the term “fast-food.”


San Diego Commissary Company, headed by Mr. Peterson, acquired Jack in the Box, Inc. San Diego Commissary Co., which later changed its name to Foodmaker Company, also owned other restaurant concepts. Jack in the Box expanded outside California with opening of first restaurants in Phoenix, Ariz.


Foodmaker Co. opened 55,800-square-foot headquarters and food-processing plant at 9330 Balboa Ave. in San Diego, site of current company headquarters. All Jack in the Box restaurants were supplied by the new commissary. Foodmaker Co. expanded into Texas by opening Jack in the Box restaurants in Houston and Dallas/Ft. Worth.


Foodmaker Co. opened 100th Jack in the Box restaurant.


Jack in the Box, Inc. was incorporated and acquired the assets of the Jack in the Box restaurant division of Foodmaker Co.


Jack in the Box, Inc. opened 200th Jack in the Box restaurant. Foodmaker, Inc. incorporated and acquired the remaining restaurant and commissary business of Foodmaker Co.


Jack in the Box, Inc. purchased Foodmaker, Inc. and adopted Foodmaker's name for its corporate operations.


Ralston Purina Co. acquired controlling interest in Foodmaker, Inc.


Foodmaker, Inc. merged into Ralston Purina's Checkerboard Properties, Inc. operations, which then changed its name to Foodmaker, Inc. Ralston Purina operated the company as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Under Ralston Purina, Jack in the Box restaurants underwent a major expansion in an effort to penetrate the eastern and midwestern markets, and the business grew to over 1,000 restaurants by 1979. That same year, Foodmaker, Inc. decided to concentrate its efforts and resources in the western and southwestern markets, which it believed offered the greatest growth and profit potential. Accordingly, the company sold or closed 232 Jack in the Box restaurants in the eastern and midwestern markets.


Foodmaker, Inc. discontinued San Diego commissary and food-manufacturing activities.


An investment group, including members of Foodmaker, Inc. management, completed a leveraged buyout of the company from Ralston Purina. Foodmaker, Inc. went public two years later before an investment group, again including members of Foodmaker, Inc. management, converted the company to a privately owned corporation in 1988.


Foodmaker, Inc. went public, with an offering of 17.2 million shares priced at $15 per share.


Foodmaker, Inc. (NYSE: FM) changed its name to Jack in the Box Inc. and its NYSE ticker symbol to JBX.


Jack in the Box Inc. entered the fast-casual restaurant category by acquiring Qdoba Restaurant Corp., operator and franchisor of Qdoba Mexican Grill.


Jack in the Box Inc. opened 2,000th Jack in the Box restaurant.


Jack in the Box opened its 70,000-square-foot Innovation Center adjacent to the company's corporate offices in San Diego. The state-of-the-art facility united 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.


Jack in the Box restaurants introduced the 100% Sirloin Burger, the only 100% sirloin burger offered by a major quick-serve chain. 400th Qdoba opened, in Boise, Idaho.


Jack in the Box Inc. transferred the listing of its common stock to the Nasdaq Global Select Market (NASDAQ) and changed its ticker symbol to JACK.


Jack in the Box Inc. celebrated 60th anniversary.


Jack in the Box Inc. Sells Qdoba Restaurant Corp. to Apollo Global Management, LLC.