Jack in the Box revives plan for 16th & Meridian location

August 25, 2011
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Jack in the BoxThe fast-food chain Jack in the Box has applied for zoning approval to build a new restaurant near 16th and Meridian streets, just south of CVS. The San Diego-based chain first considered the site in 2009, but the company instead put expansion plans on hold. The chain revived the plans earlier this year and now is working with city planners and neighborhood groups. The first local Jack in the Box is planned for the south side. It will sit at the northwest corner of U.S. 31 and County Line Road, in front of a center with Toys "R" Us and T.J. Maxx. The chain, which hopes to open at least 10 local restaurants, has more than 2,000 locations in 18 states, primarily in the West. Jack in the Box also owns and operates Qdoba Mexican Grill, which has 26 locations in the Hoosier state.

UPDATE: Jack in the Box also wants to open a location along 82nd Street next door to a Lifestyle Family Fitness and across the street from the Rivers Edge shopping center, but the chain is facing resistance from a nearby homeowner's association.

  • 24th & Meridian
    Any word on the proposed grocery store at 24th & Meridian?
  • I'm confused
    I've always liked Qdoba, but always had the impression that Jack in the Box was like a west coast equivalent of Rally's. Hmmmm.

    I hope they can manage to back the building up to the sidewalk, slap some fake windows on it, plaster the front with advertising posters, and put the door in the back or on the side. I'd hate to have something that isn't in keeping with that wonderful CVS at the corner.
  • southside
    Does anyone know when they will break ground on the Jack n the box on the southside?
      I moved to Indiana 9 years ago and miss Jack in the Box so much. So excited it's finally here. Doesn't even compare to a Rally's. All fast food is horrible for you, but if you're gonna eat bad every now and then, Jack in the Box will become your new favorite.
    • 21st and Post
      I keep hearing about a Jack in the Box at 21st and Post. Someone mentioned the BP station and I heard someone saying it will be "inside the BP." Anyone care to clarify. Thanks.
    • 21st & Post
      Next to the BP, one lot west on 21st, according to the zoning case.
    • Careful with development....
      Paul has a good point. The CVS is a disgrace to the city and should be made fun of. I am concerned with Jack in the Box's drive through. I hate to see drive thrus in DT. It greatly detracts from the urban lifestyle and walkability.
      Broke ground today
    • Enough talk
      Just open a store already! sheesh what is with that company?
    • Thanks Thundermutt
      Thanks for the info on the JitB at 21st and Post.
    • Meridian Street
      This would be a HORRIFIC mistake for Meridian Street - and Indianapolis. It is the very definition of BAD LAND USE. If Indy lets a suburban monstrosity like Jack in the Box get built on its most important, most visible street it will regret it for the next 30 years. Please, let’s not turn Meridian into Keystone Ave. What do we as a city aspire to be? Kokomo?
      • Come to Daddy
        @Downtown Resident - downtown Indianapolis is not downtown Carmel, we don't restrict which business open down here as it gives a city a 'planned community/Retirement home' feel.

        Bring me the Jack in the box now. Hurrah!
        • Greg
          Actually, Indianapolis does restrict which businesses can open downtown.

          Jack in the Box can't legally open a restaurant with a drive-through at 1521 N. Meridian without obtaining a variance of use for the drive-through component.
        • Record correction
          Please note that the "opposition" to the 82nd Street site is not limited to a nearby homeowners association. Also speaking against the restaurant at this site are the Greater Allisonville Community Council and Councilwoman Christina Scales.
        • Now I'm confused.
          If I'm reading you right, you don't care for the CVS. I think the CVS looks good. It is at least better than the Walgreens. What would you change? I think the door and side (not corner/front) parking lot are acceptable. As for window adverts, wasn't that commen back in the day in real downtowns? Just curious.
        • Dt2Nora
          The CVS mocks what would truly create an urban store front. The build to line meaning building to the sidewalk is meant to engage the public and be inviting along the sidewalk and street corner. By locating the only entrance by their oversized parking lot, they are making a clear statement that this store is for automobiles and suburban based lifestyles. All they had to do was place the door at the corner of Meridian and 16th. The advertising in the windows wouldn't be terrible, but it is simply a facade. The windows are meant to allow light in the store and allow for visualization from the street. This would actually improve security. Instead, they again mock the urban edge in favor of vehicles. This store, other than the setback requirement, would fit perfectly in a surrounding suburb, not good for DT Indy!
        • CVS
          I don't object to the CVS building itself but agree that an entrance should be at the corner.

          However, the Walgreen's is even worse.
        • Miss it
          From TX & miss the southwest salad. Look forward to jack opening here.
        • Walgreen's might actually be better
          It's my opinion that backing a store up to the corner with no active windows or doors actually makes the CVS corner more desolate and unsafe for a pedestrian than putting the parking lot there, with a door visible from the corner as is the case with the Walgreen's. Of course, neither corner is attractive for pedestrians with nothing providing a buffer between the sidewalk and passing traffic, but that's a bit of a tangent.
        • Can't wait
          I grew up in a Chicago suburb and loved the Jack-in-the-box tacos. Then they closed all of them east of the Misissippi. I even went out of my way while in Dallas to get Jack's tacos. I can't wait for the one on the south side to open.
        • We will take Jack n the box
          Kokomo would be grateful to take the jobs and the most amazing west coast food
        • Jack in Carmel
          There's lots of free space available in the Merchant's Square area (116th and Keystone) perhaps an ideal locale for the Northside if 82nd doesn't work out.
        • 21st & Post JitB
          Has anyone heard when they are going to start building the Jack in the Box at 21st & Post??? Also when is the one on the south side suppose to open? I use to live across from one in Vegas and loved it but never got down to Tropicana to try In and Out Burger wish now that I had.
          • Yay
            The one on the south side at county line rd opens January 16th.......I was just told of one opening at 116th st and Allisonville rd.....anyone know about this one??? I had my first ever jack in the box yrs ago in TX.....I now make it a point to stop in Nashville TN for an ultimate cheeseburger on my way to Alabama to see my parents!! So glad they have finally found indiana
          • Whataburger Next ?
            Also being from Texas we love the super tacos from Jack in the box. The only thing that could make it better here is opening a whataburger.
          • Jack in the Box
            Jack in the Box is more like a fix between a Carl's Jr AKA Hardee's than a Rally's/Checkers. Apparently, some people havent been out of Indiana.
          • down town
            Jack in the bow will look alot nicer then Mc Donalds that is at 16th and Meridian that has a Drive threw and with parking down town why wouldn't you want a drive threw are you people clueless or Just hate to see some one make money that you can't.. It provides much needed Job's to people in that area and much better food then McDonalds has.. You are clue less to what Jack N the Box is..

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