Chipotle to open second Chattanooga restaurant

Staff photo by Mike Pare / Heavy equipment readies the site of a planned Chipotle Mexican Grill on Highway 153 in Hixson.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is planning its second Chattanooga location with a restaurant to open in Hixson.

Site work is underway at 5242 Highway 153 on part of a tract that for many years held the Pep Boys auto store, according to a Chattanooga building permit.

Chipotle spokesman Tyler Benson said plans are for the Hixson restaurant to open next summer, though he declined further comment.

The permit put the construction cost of the building's shell by CBI General Contractors of Cumming, Georgia, at $200,000.

The property was sold last July to Highway 153 Partnership GP, according to the Hamilton County Assessor of Property's Office. The company's address is listed by the assessor's office as 817 Broad St., Suite 201. A search of that address showed that hotel company Dynamic Group is located there.