Duluth's second Chipotle location could be be open by early next year if all our burrito dreams come true.
It was never really a question of "if" Chipotle would open a second location in Duluth, rather it was more so "when". Even before the company opened their first Northland location last year at the Miller Hill Mall it was clear that Duluthians loved themselves some Chipotle. But let's be honest, who doesn't?
Chipotle will officially celebrate a year of being open in late June and even before that year is complete sources are saying that the company already has plans for an additional location in Duluth. Or do they?
Fox 21 recently spoke on the planned opening while reporting on a job fair that Chipotle recently hosted. That job fair invited interested candidates to come to any of the company's midwest locations to interview, which includes the over 50 locations in Minnesota alone.
Our minds ablaze with the thought of another Chipotle location in mind we quickly got in touch with Chipotle's Headquarters. We emailed our "friend in the burrito biz" as she calls herself, Tara, who replied with a quick response. "I did some checking, and I don't see anywhere that we're planning on opening up a new restaurant in Duluth or Superior" she told us.
That's right, you did in fact read correctly, she said that there are no plans for a new location in Duluth. So how could that be if it was already announced that there was in fact a location set to open in 2016?
Here's the thing, there's one thing we have learned about Chipotle over time and it's the following.
Chipotle loves the "hush hush" style of communication when it comes to their new locations, which we don't blame them. It seems that they really won't identify that a location is in fact opening until the sign is hanging above the door.
We saw this with the first Duluth location that we reported was coming over a year in advance yet the company would not confirm the opening until about six months later.
It makes sense though. It's better to be safe then sorry as sometimes there can be hiccups when it comes to leases or there can be major construction set backs. We also experienced this with the location at the Miller Hill Mall as it's opening was pushed back multiple times due to a delay in kitchen equipment arriving.
WHERE OH WHERE COULD CHIPOTLE GO?
We're still confident that Duluth has another Chipotle in the works, to be honest we think there might be a few additional Chipotle locations in the works (Yes, Superior your day will come soon). As always with things here at CDINDULUTH we try our best to find out every little detail we can as quick as we can.
We're not saying anything is set in stone regarding the exact location of the new Chipotle but we are placing our bets on East Duluth, specifically the area near the colleges. Let's be honest, College students love their burritos and they really love their Chipotle.
Likely developments that Chipotle could call home would be the Shops at Bluestone in their next retail phase that would be potentially be ready late next year. There's also the recently announced Kenwood Village development developed by United Properties which would be ready for occupancy by next summer.
BUT WAIT, WHAT ABOUT DOWNTOWN?
Ahh yes burrito lovers you are correct there is another area that Chipotle would be perfectly suited for and that's Downtown Duluth. There's quite a number of suitable spaces that Chipotle could locate in but we think that if they were to head Downtown it would be a location on Superior Street for sure.
There's also the new Maurice's headquarters and the 20,000 square feet of commercial space that is available on the first floor. It seems pretty logical that Chipotle might want to open a location on the first floor of a building that has 600 workers located directly above. Completion on the Maurice's headquarters will be by the first quarter of 2016.
THE MORSAL, WE MEAN MORAL, OF THE STORY
We do have sources confirming that an additional Chipotle location will in fact open in 2016 as Fox 21 mentioned and regardless of what company officials are able to say at the moment.
We'll keep you updated regarding all the news that we here at CDINDULUTH are able to uncover about the Twin Ports second Chipotle location.
In the mean time we think it's quite logical to head to Chipotle to celebrate this news from the burrito gods. They're open until 10pm today at 1600 Miller Trunk Highway in Duluth so really there's no excuse.