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Chipotle Mexican Grill could open in a hotel in Waterville, Maine

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According to Kennebec DiaryWaterville, Maine may soon be home to another restaurant chain.

Not so long ago, in July to be exact, the closing of the Chipotle Mexican Grill at Market Place @ Augusta. And, depending on who you talk to, it was for a multitude of reasons.

Facade of the Best Western Even Center

Facade of the Best Western Even Center

Former employees say the head office closed the franchise because employees were trying to unionize due to less than desirable working conditions.

Chipotle headquarters said they had to close the restaurant because they were unable to keep enough staff.

Well, in the wake of that closure, a Waterville, Maine hotel owner said he’s moving forward with plans to bring a Chipotle Mexican Grill to one of his hotels. Giri Hotel Management, a Massachusetts-based company that owns the Best Western Plus in Waterville, said it wants to turn the building’s event center into a restaurant, according to the KJ.

Potential Chipotle Space

Potential Chipotle Space

But again, depending on who you ask, it will and won’t happen.

Chipotle’s corporate team released a statement saying they had “no plans to open a Chipotle in Waterville,” according to KJ’s article.

However, Waterville Code Enforcement Officer Dan Bradstreet says he did in fact receive a site plan for review from Chipotle that they had filed with the Waterville Planning Board.

Best Western_Google Earth

Best Western_Google Earth

The KJ also reports that hotel management has filed a traffic permit application with the Maine DOT that, if approved, would allow them to include a drive-thru window at the new restaurant in Waterville.

Former employees at the Augusta Chipotle location say if the process to bring a new store to Waterville moves forward, they will protest the decision.

This is a developing story and we will continue to provide updates as they become available to us.

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