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Chipotle Planning to Open New Outpost in Downtown Jamaica

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | May 19, 2017 4:26pm | Updated on May 22, 2017 5:40am
 Chipotle is planning to open a new restaurant at 160-02 Jamaica Ave. 
Chipotle is planning to open a new restaurant at 160-02 Jamaica Ave. 
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QUEENS — Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle is planning to open its first eatery in downtown Jamaica, according to the company.

The outpost will be located at 160-02 Jamaica Ave., Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold said in an email Friday.

Arnold also noted that “construction is not yet scheduled, so it’s too soon to offer any guidance on timing.”

The restaurant will open as part of a retail complex — which will also include Burlington Coat Factory and H&M — located one block away from the Jamaica Center subway station and across the street from Starbucks, which opened at 159-27 Jamaica Ave. in March.

Chipotle is planning to open its new restaurant at 160-02 Jamaica Ave. (DNAinfo/Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska)

The chain currently has five locations in Queens — in the Rego Center Mall in Rego Park, in the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst, on Austin Street in Forest Hills, on Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights and on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City.

“I’m so excited that they are coming,” said Valerie Stevens, director of business services and operations at the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District. “I’ve been wanting Chipotle for a long time on Jamaica Avenue and I think it’s going to be really good for businesses and it’s definitely going to increase the foot traffic in downtown Jamaica.”

The chain is coming to the neighborhood as it's been undergoing a rapid transformation, with a slew of new apartment buildings, hotels and stores.

Earlier this month, Dallas BBQ also confirmed that it's planning to open a new eatery at 89-14 Parsons Blvd. in downtown Jamaica this summer.