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Chipotle coming to Santa Fe, at gateway intersection

SANTA FE, N.M. — Chipotle Mexican Grill is opening its first Santa Fe location.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, the fast-casual international chain that offers customized burritos, tacos and salads, will take over about half of a

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This building at the intersection of Cerrillos Road and St. Francis Drive in the Crossroads Center is slated to become the home of Santa Fe\’s first Chipotle Mexican Grill outlet. (Eddie Moore/Journal)

freestanding building at a prominent spot – right at the busy intersection of Cerrillos Road and St. Francis Drive, in the Crossroads Center.

The shopping center is also home to Tiny’s Restaurant and Lounge and Susan’s Fine Wine and Spirits.

The restaurant is expected to open toward the end of 2019, according to Lisa Allen-Urrea of Allen-Urrea Commercial Brokerage. Allen-Urrea represents the individual who owns most of the Crossroads Center property.

“Chipotle is a great national brand that was looking for a location in Santa Fe,” said Allen-Urrea. “We’re excited to have them join the center. We feel it will create momentum across shopping (in the center), so its a benefit to everybody. It’s a benefit to the existing businesses as well as the landlord.”

Chipotle, which has fought back from an e-coli outbreak in outlets over 11 states in 2015, has eight other locations in New Mexico. There are five in Albuquerque, and the others are in Las Cruces, Clovis and Farmington.

Talks with Chipotle began in early 2018, Allen-Urrea said, shortly after the building it will occupy became vacant. It most recently housed a mattress store. Before that, there was a produce business.

Allen-Urrea said there was talk about several possible locations within the center, but it was that determined the building nearest the intersection would be Crossroads’ best spot for Chipotle because of its location at the front of the property.

The structure it will inhabit is currently 3,600 square feet. About 1,000 square feet will be added in the direction of Cerrillos for a restaurant patio. About 2,570 of the total square footage will be leased to a second tenant, Allen-Urrea said.

The property owner also plans to resurface, restripe and add new lighting to the entire center parking lot, Allen-Urrea added. She did not have a timeline for the construction at the Chitpotle building or the work to the parking lot. The project’s architect did not return messages Wednesday afternoon.

No deal has been made for the second suite in the building. Allen-Urrea said the center’s management is looking at several different types of businesses to potentially fill that space.

“It could be a service provider, could be a retail store, or it could be another small restaurant,” she said.

Aside from the free-standing building, a 3,400-square-foot suite is also for lease next to Susan’s Fine Wine and Spirits.

“We want a mixture of national and locals, and that’s been the overall goal of the center; to have a combination of both,” said Allen-Urrea.

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