Lease, Loop Trolley Construction Factors in Chipotle Closing
University City, MO/February 20, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — The New Trolley that will link University City to Forest Park is going to be a good thing for both businesses along Delmar and visitors to The Loop. But there’s no denying that construction of the trolley tracks is causing traffic congestion and mess that is deterring some visitors. Some businesses claim there’s been a noticeable downtick in sales for many of the restaurants, entertainment venues, and retailers during construction of the $50 Million dollar Loop Trolley.
Chipotle Mexcian Grill at 6316 Delmar Blvd. in University City will shut its doors at the end of February—when the lease is up for that site. The fast-food chain offers Mexican cuisine, including design-your-own burritos, tacos, salads, and bowls. Chipotle is the latest in a spate of restaurant closings in the area over the last year. Independents like 8 Dollar Deli, Moya Grill, Seoul Q, and Zippy Burger are among the closure. Several chain restaurants have also shut their doors, including Chipotle neighbor, Noodles & Co., along with a Panera location (St. Louis Bread Co.), Smoothie King, and Subway.
Only Subway and Chipotle are likely to return any time soon. There are plans in the works to reopen the Subway Restaurant in a different location a few blocks away. It is supposed to open early this year at 6253 Delmar, which faces a landscaped pathway through the neighborhood. A Chipotle company spokesperson says there are plans to open new locations in the metro area, and another location in the Loop is probable, but no details or timetable have been worked out.
Chipotle opened its Loop location in 2007. That location will close at the end of the day on February 28, 2017. Ironically, the corporate website is still advertising for crew members for the Delmar Loop location. There are currently nine other Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants in the St. Louis area. The closest alternatives for Chipotle fans are the SLU location at 212 South Grand Blvd. in Midtown, and the 1 North Central location in downtown Clayton.