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Texas Based Whataburger Intends To Go National Under New Ownership

A Chicago-based financial institution has acquired the majority interest in the popular Texas burger chain.

Carlo Nasissek for KUT
Texas based Whataburger intends to go national under new ownership.

It’s a Texas icon and it’s been sold. San Antonio-based Whataburger now has new ownership. Chicago-based BDT Capital Partners has acquired the majority interest in the popular Texas burger chain, which Harmon Dobson founded in 1950.

Under the new ownership Whataburger is likely to try to break out of being a regional favorite and become a national chain.

“Whataburger has grown significantly over the years and the Dobson family has done a fantastic job making this brand something iconic to our customers and our family members. So this is a big day for our company we are transitioning to new ownership,” said company spokesperson Pam Cox.

Cox said the company wants to take its brand to new markets and new customers. She added the company will remain committed to keeping the tradition and the legacy that the Dobson family has built.

A statement from Whataburger says they will continue to be headquartered in San Antonio.

The Dobson family will keep a minority interest in the business, which has grown to more than 800 restaurants in 10 states.

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