Chipotle Mexican Grill opened its first restaurant in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago (806 W. 63rd St.) on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The restaurant is part of the Englewood Square project and is open alongside a new Whole Foods Market and Starbucks.
The Englewood Square project is a new retail development that opened on September 28 with two of the three anchor tenants—Whole Foods and Starbucks. Now Chipotle Mexican Grill joins the other national retail brands on this historic site of a once thriving commerce center. Developed by DL3 Realty with the use of all African American-owned contractors, Englewood Square marks the beginning of revitalization in the Englewood community.
“Today is another grand day in Englewood. The new retailer Chipotle Mexican Grill is another step in the right direction for greater shopping experiences and job opportunities for the Englewood community. We appreciate Chipotle for coming on board and sharing the vision. We hope to create “the ripple effect” for more business giants and retailers to do the same. Englewood is fresh and growing,” said DL3 Managing Partner Leon Walker.
On opening day, half of all sales benefited Teamwork Englewood – Teamwork was formed in 2003 as part of the New Communities Program, sponsored by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the MacArthur Foundation. Its goal is to unite the many organizations serving Englewood residents and work toward the common goal of building a stronger community.
“Chipotle is proud to be part of the Englewood Square development project,” said Matt Baer, Chicago-based marketing strategist for Chipotle. “We believe in creating better access to better food options for everyone, and we’re glad the newest Englewood restaurant will make it easier for Englewood and South Side neighborhood residents to enjoy food prepared quickly using fresh, high-quality ingredients.”
In addition to providing easier access to better food for the community, Chipotle has filled 32 crew member positions with talented and passionate Englewood residents. As one of the nation’s fastest growing restaurant companies, Chipotle currently employs more than 60,000 people, and entry-level crew positions can put employees on the path to developing rewarding careers.
New this year is a partnership with Guild Education to give Chipotle employees an opportunity to earn college credits and pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees. Between Chipotle’s existing tuition reimbursement program (which offers up to $5,250 per year) and an additional $5,815 in available federal grants for those who qualify, Chipotle employees can pay as little as $250 per year to go to college.
Chipotle also offers a highly competitive benefits package to all employees, including paid sick leave and vacation time; health, dental and vision insurance; a 401(k) matching program; employee stock purchase program; and the opportunity for twice-annual merit increases and an annual bonus. A full look at the career path and benefits can be found on Chipotle’s Career site: http://careers.chipotle.com/career-path.
The new restaurant’s normal hours of operation will be 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., seven days per week. To learn more about Chipotle, visit Chipotle.com.
Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that — where possible — are sustainably grown and raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, the land and the farmers who produce the food. In order to achieve this vision, we focus on building a special people culture that is centered on creating teams of top performers empowered to achieve high standards. This people culture not only leads to a better dining experience for our customers, it also allows us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and operates more than 2,000 restaurants, including 20 Chipotle restaurants outside the U.S. and 15 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants, and is an investor in an entity that owns and operates three Pizzeria Locale restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.