Howdy folks! I’m sure you’re wondering why you’ve found yourself on a website with a giant Safeway logo on the top. Well to keep it short and sweet, this is a blog about retail in Houston, Texas. I’ve recently seen a spike in traffic from people searching along the lines of “Whataburger in California”. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there is currently
No Whataburger presence in California.
This page is about the presence the company had from the mid 1970s until the late 80s. If this interests you read on, if not A-Burger in Oxnard is supposed to be similar. Tell them a guy from Houston sent you maybe they’ll mail me a free burger!
-Whataburger is a Texas institution! It is beloved by so many Texans, that is was declared our stately equivalent of a national treasure, a Texas Treasure, by the 77th Texas Legislature. It is known by most Texans that Whataburger has a presence in “friendly states”, and Oklahoma. Whataburger’s main stronghold is in the South. Maintaining a presence from Arizona to Florida. However what most Texans probably don’t know is that Whataburger had a presence in Southern California from the Mid 70’s (~1973) until 1987.
All of the locations were franchised however, it’s unclear if it may have been a single franchisee who ran all the locations. Growing to seven locations over a decade and a half didn’t bode well for the Texas based company. Who would make the decision to exit the market in 1987. The fact that the exit came approximately 15 years after their initial entry leads me to believe that when franchise rights expired they were not renewed.
|155 South Oxnard Boulevard Oxnard, CA||Still resembles a Whataburger in Name, Design and Menu!|
|400 Thousand Oaks Boulevard Thousand Oaks, CA||Building still exists, now a Japanese Restaurant|
|2250 East Main Street Ventura, CA||Converted to Taco Bell|
|1579 East Los Angeles Avenue Simi Valley, CA||Converted to Jack in the Box|
|790 North Ventura Road. Port Hueneme, CA||Converted to Taco Bell and torn down ~2014|
|7257 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Canoga Park, CA||Now an Indian Restaurant, resembles Oxnard locaiton|
|1650 E Daily Dr, Camarillo, CA 93010||Converted to Jack in the Box|
|1298 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128||Converted to a Taco Bell|