Edison, NJ – Recently, the Edison Planning Board approved an application for a new for Chipotle location at the Edison Towne Square located on Rt. 1. The center is on the former Ford Motor Company site.
The application, made by the Edison Land Investment group, sought approval to construct a new 2,300 square foot Chipotle. The restaurant will replace the parking lot adjacent to the Sam’s Club gas station and Starbucks.
The Edison Towne Square site will be the second Chipotle in Edison. Currently, the restaurant brand has a location in Menlo Park Mall. Chipotle reported that it had more than 2,450 restaurants as of September 2018, with locations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Germany. Locally, in addition to the Edison site, Chipotle also has restaurants in Metuchen, South Plainfield, and Woodbridge. Steve Ells, founder and executive chairman, first opened Chipotle starting with a single restaurant in Denver, Colorado in 1993.
Robert Warshefski, an architect from Greenberg Farrow, confirmed that the model being presented for the Edison Towne Square site was a standard prototype for the franchise. The proposed plan includes an drive-thru and will also include 55 seats inside and seating for 20 outside.
“Typically we’re open 10:45a.m. to 10:00p.m., and the crew usually comes in around 7, 7:30 in the morning,” said Jeremy Zerbe who testified on behalf of the Edison Land Investment Group. There will be 9 to 11 people working the longer shifts, he said.
Edison Towne Square currently houses a Sam’s Club membership warehouse and gas station, Topgolf, Starbucks, and Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar. An iFly Indoor Skydiving facility and a LA Fitness gym have also been approved for the site.