Industry News | April 6, 2001

Whataburger Declared a Texas Treasure

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The 77th Texas Legislature is set to officially recognize what Texans have known for more than 50 years: that Whataburger is a state treasure.

On Monday, April 9, at the start of the 10 a.m. session, Rep. Jaime Capelo, (D-Corpus Christi), will announce his resolution to recognize the Texas-based hamburger chain as a Texas Treasure.

"I chose to recognize Whataburger and its founding family, the Dobsons, as they celebrate 50 years of successful business," said Rep. Capelo. "They deserve credit for capturing the hearts—and taste buds—of millions of Texans, including many in the House of Representatives."

"Whataburger founder Harmon Dobson started the company in 1950 with one small wooden kiosk in Corpus Christi serving hamburgers, chips and soft drinks. Today, Whataburger is the nation‚s eighth largest hamburger chain, operating 560+ stores in eight states and Mexico with annual sales topping $600 million.

The resolution states that Whataburger "has affirmed its commitment to excellence with its built-to-order burger and has retained its reputation for high quality food at a fair price" and "is most deserving of commendation as it celebrates its golden anniversary."

"We are honored and humbled by Representative Capelo's resolution," said Whataburger Chairman Tom Dobson, the late Harmon Dobson's son. "The relationship we enjoy with our many loyal customers is the reason for our success."

Following the resolution announcement, Mr. Dobson, Chair Emeritus Grace Dobson and President/COO Tim Taft will meet with Governor Rick Perry and Rep. Capelo.