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Chipotle submits plans to build at Huntington Mall

Aug. 06, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Chipotle Mexican Grill has submitted plans to build a restaurant at the Huntington Mall.

Chipotle wants to build what would be its second restaurant in West Virginia along East Mall Road at the old Arby's location, according to Barboursville Mayor Paul Turman. It would share a building with a Mattress Firm store, he said.

The mattress store already has received its required permits, and construction on the building has begun, Turman said. The city has approved Chipotle's plans, but the contractors have not completed the permitting process yet, he said.

The restaurant chain also was granted a building permit last month for a location at the southwest corner of 5th Avenue and 22nd Street in Huntington.

Chipotle features tacos, burritos, salads and other dishes prepared with high-quality raw ingredients and classic cooking methods, according to the company's website. The restaurants are considered "fast-casual," meaning they combine the higher food quality of a full-service restaurant with the convenience of fast food.

Chairman and CEO Steve Ells, who began his career as a chef, opened the first restaurant 1993 in Denver. The company now has more than 1,450 locations. McDonald's became an investor in the company in 1998 but divested in 2006, and Chipotle went public on the New York Stock Exchange that year.

Chipotle restaurants make an effort to use locally grown produce and organic meats, according to the company 's website.

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