Chipotle planned in Glenville Center

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GLENVILLE — Chipotle Mexican Grill looks like the next national restaurant chain to consider establishing a location in Glenville Town Center.

Town planning officials have received an application for the fast-casual chain to locate on Route 50, across from the entrance to the plaza anchored by Target, on a lot most recently occupied by a dentist office and next to where an urgent-care center is under construction. That’s at the southern edge of the Town Center commercial zone.

“We’ve  been working almost a year on this,” said Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle.”We’re excited about it, and people are excited about it.”

In recent years the crossroads around where Route 50 meets Van Buren and Glenridge roads, known historically as Stoodley Corners and Mayfair, has been rebranded as Glenville Town Center. Chain restaurants that have located there in the last few years include Panera Bread, Five Guys, Applebee’s, Subway and, most recently, a stand-alone Starbucks. McDonald’s is a long-time presence. Chipotle, however, would be the first chain at the site offering Mexican cuisine.

“The Town Center has become so popular that there’s really not a lot of open space (for development) left, and now you see developers looking at the homes and smaller commercial properties and buying them out,” Koetzle said.

He said the national chains can draw people to the area, and that locally owned small businesses can then benefit. “When you look at these brands, it tells the community that there’s a lot of growth opportunity,” he said. “These brands are part of the mix, national brands and local businesses compliment each other.”

The Chipotle plans will have a conceptual presentation when the town Planning and Zoning Commission meets at 7 p.m. Monday.

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