Press-Republican

September 8, 2013

Chipotle confirms Plattsburgh Consumer Square location

DAN HEATH
Press-Republican

PLATTSBURGH — A Chipotle Mexican Grill is coming to Consumer Square in the Town of Plattsburgh.

Danielle Winslow of the Chipotle Public Relations and Marketing Department confirmed that they plan to open sometime in spring 2014.



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The restaurant will occupy 2,200 square feet in the building now under construction at the plaza, which will also house a Buffalo Wild Wings.

DOZENS OF JOBS

Winslow said the typical Chipotle location has seating for between 50 and 75 people and about 30 full- and part-time employees.

Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett said he is excited to hear the company finally confirm it is coming to Plattsburgh.

“They certainly have their niche, and I think they will be well received,” he said.

FOOD QUALITY TOUTED

Chipotle offers burritos, burrito bowls, soft and crunchy tacos, salads and chips and guacamole.

The restaurants feature an open kitchen, with customers able to choose their ingredients as the move down the line.

The company website says Chipotle prides itself on producing “food with integrity.” The company tries to use 100 percent naturally raised pork, chicken and beef in its dishes, it says, and will post a notice in the restaurant when it is temporarily unable to do so.

EXPANDING

CEO Steve Ells opened the first Chipotle in Denver in 1993. The chain now has more than 1,500 locations, which includes 44 that opened in the quarter that ended June 30.

The company reported $2.73 billion in revenue in 2013.

The nearest Chipotle is on Shelburne Road in South Burlington.

WILD WINGS HIRING

Buffalo Wild Wings will occupy 5,800 square feet in the 10,500-square-foot building.

The franchise owners are Martti Matheson and Aaron Miller, who also own franchises in Burlington, Concord, N.H.; Waterbury, Conn.; and Southington, Conn. 

Matheson said they plan to open in late November or early December. 

“We’re in the process of hiring managers,” he said.

They expect to start hiring hourly employees in mid October, with a total of between 90 and 100 full- and part-time employees.

The restaurant is designed to seat between 250 and 280 diners, with some outdoor patio seating.

The building also has 2,500 square feet that is intended for an as-yet-unnamed retail tenant. 

PARTNERSHIP

Bassett said he is pleased to see more than 100 jobs coming to town, even if the majority offer a low pay rate. 

“We know that they are hourly jobs and do not pay high wages but the salary that those who take the positions is important to them and for some will be an opportunity to have a job and begin their career or to supplement a position that they already have,” Bassett said. “Those jobs are important to those people who will be taking them and every job adds to the local economy.”

The Town Council approved $1.8 million in water and wastewater infrastructure improvements earlier this summer. 

That included $339,000 for the Sorrell Avenue wastewater lift station, which serves Consumer Square. The town was able to secure a commitment of $45,000 toward that project from Benderson Development, the owner of Consumer Square.

At the time, Bassett said that is an example of the type of public/private partnership the town wants to see more often.

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com