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Burrito business empire booming

The walls at Stripes Burrito Co. at 801 Juan Tabo NE are lined with pictures of men and women who have served in the armed forces from World War II to present around the world. (Jim Thompson/ Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Stripes Burrito Co., the latest burrito empire to come from former Twisters co-founder Gary Hines, is continuing its expansion across Albuquerque with the opening of its fifth location last week.

The location, at 801 Juan Tabo NE, opened last Thursday following six months of construction.

“We loved it when we first saw it,” Hines said of the location, which was a Twisters years ago. “It’s especially good for us because it’s on the breakfast side of the street, so before you hit the freeway you get to see Stripes and the majority of our business is breakfast burritos.”

The latest location of Stripes Burrito Co. at 801 Juan Tabo NE officially opened Thursday.

Like the other locations of Stripes, the restaurant has a distinct military theme with its red, white and blue decor and walls lined with photos of service members.

“Part of our theme with Stripes is to support our troops,” he said.

But the military isn’t just a theme for Hines and his business partner Victor Sanchez.

The company donates 15% of its net profits to the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Albuquerque and a $19,000 donation is being made to celebrate the latest opening.

In total the company has donated nearly $40,000 to the VA Hospital.

Hines, who sold the Twisters chain several years ago, said he and Sanchez plan to continue to build the Stripes empire by adding more locations in Albuquerque and eventually in Rio Rancho.

So far the company operates three dedicated burrito locations, one biscuit and burrito location, and one biscuit location.

Hines said a sixth Stripes Burrito Co. location, on Wyoming north of Menual, is set to open in about two months.

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