SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Fans of "animal fries," double-doubles, and crispy chicken sandwiches have something to look forward to.
Both In-N-Out Burger and Chick-fil-A have their eyes on a four-acre property on the southwest corner of Gateway and Beltline in Springfield, according to multiple sources.
The restaurants could open in 2022.
In-N-Out confirmed it is exploring opportunities in the Eugene-Springfield area but would not elaborate. Chick-fil-A did not respond to questions.
The Gateway-area property is currently home to Elmer's Restaurant and the Guesthouse Inn. The lot is owned by Sycan B. Corp.
Richard Boyles, Sycan's owner, confirmed both restaurants were interested in establishing locations in the area.
"I understand that each of them have been considering Springfield/Eugene, not surprisingly," Boyles said.
Local residents reacted to the chains coming to Springfield.
"This is the best decision to come here," Seaside resident Monika Onisko-Pazar said. "I think In-N-Out burgers are the best burgers in the world."
Eugene resident Francine Lent said she would be for it too.
"We used to go to California to see my brother and that's the first place we would go. In-N-Out. So I'd be all for it," Lent said. "I think it would bring a lot of people to town. I mean, who comes to Eugene?"
But some local residents are not looking forward to the chains coming to town.
"More competition means less money to the people," Eugene resident Dave Naessens said.
A spokesperson for the city of Springfield said they are excited about the future development of the city.
In a statement, Springfield mayor Sean VanGordon said: "The City of Springfield is excited for the continued growth and vibrancy in the Gateway area. We are excited for what the future brings."