Eden Prairie is getting a second Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant.
Assured that parking and nearby road intersections won’t suffer as a result, the Eden Prairie City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 6, approved plans for a Chipotle building in the far corner of the Preserve Village shopping center at Anderson Lakes Parkway and Highway 169.
Why it matters: Chipotle will increase the number of food choices in southeastern Eden Prairie and, at a tough time for retail, add to the vitality of the decades-old shopping center.
Tuesday’s 4-0 vote to approve the plan was preliminary. It needs to return to the council for routine approval of a detailed developer’s agreement. No members of the public spoke at Tuesday’s hearing.
Here are the project’s basics:
- The 2,300-square-foot, stand-alone building would be constructed by Jerry’s Enterprises, owners of the shopping center, and would be leased to Chipotle.
- It would join a second freestanding building in the parking lot’s southeast corner, occupied by Starbucks and My Burger, among others.
- The restaurant would have 35 interior seats and a 16-seat patio. There would be a drive-through lane where customers could pick up online orders only.
- A sidewalk between Chipotle and the main shopping center – anchored by Jerry’s Foods and Jerry’s Do It Best Hardware – would also be built to aid pedestrians.
- Parking studies from December 2022 conclude that there will be plenty of parking available for shopping center patrons after the Chipotle is built.
- City staff said Tuesday that the project should not cause traffic congestion at the shopping center’s entrances and exits, as well as nearby intersections.
The Eden Prairie Planning Commission, which advises the city council, endorsed the project at its Jan. 8 meeting.
Chipotle also has a restaurant in the SouthWest Station retail area along Technology Drive, near Purgatory Creek Park.
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