Chipotle coming to Chattanooga

Chipotle coming to Chattanooga

June 13th, 2019 by Allison Shirk Collins in Breaking News

Updated at 4:40 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2019, with more information.

A Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant is seen in Denver, Colo., in a 2006 Associated Press file photo.

A Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant is seen in...

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

It appears Chattanooga is finally getting a Chipotle, a spokeswoman with the fast-casual Mexican restaurant confirmed on Thursday.

"We are currently scheduled to open a location in Chattanooga at some point this fall," she wrote in an email.

The spokesperson did not state where the location would be and said she could not share any other details at this time.

While the spokesperson would not say where the location will be in Chattanooga, Indeed.com has job postings listed for both a general manager and an assistant general manager in the city.

There are roughly 20 Chipotle restaurants in Tennessee, according to the national chain's website. Chattanooga would be the last of the four major cities in the state to have a Chipotle open.

Founded in 1993, Chipotle has grown to more than 2,500 restaurants in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany and France.

The fast-casual restaurant serves up burritos, burrito bowls, tacos, salads and is well known for its chips and guacamole. Meals average about $10 per person.

The company has always marketed that they use "real ingredients," preparing food without added colors, flavors or preservatives. But Chipotle has been linked to E. coli outbreaks in the past after customers became ill, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Contact staff writer Allison Shirk Collins at ashirk@timesfreepress.com, @AllisonSCollins or 423-757-6651.