My request for Chipotle to open in my town of Metuchen, NJ

I recently found out that some folks in my town think it would be a great idea for a Chipotle to open on or near our Main Street. I’m a big fan of Chipotle, so I thought I’d look into what one might do as a first step in that direction.

Turns out they have a web form you can submit to make a request – anyone can make the request, doesn’t have to come from any sort of official, just a neighbor who cares.

So that’s what I did. 🙂

I live in an awesome, walkable downtown community which has a great stream of commuter and local shopper traffic both passing through and using us as a primary destination. We are right on a one-seat ride via train to Manhattan, making our town attractive for all sorts of reasons. We have an active, supportive community of folks who are constantly looking for ways to make our town better. And from what I hear, we have lots of teens and parents who love Chipotle. I’m not the real estate expert for our town, but my understanding is that we have several storefronts with varying levels of advantage in the factors your team considers for new locations – some have better walking visibility, some better driving visibility, some closer to parking, some closer to more of the “passing through” traffic on the main arteries through town. Hopefully you’ll come check us out and give an opinion on opening a location here! Our town has a New Business guide published here:

Some info about opening a business in Metuchen, NJ

Links to these helpful “Getting Started with a Business” documents were recently shared on the Take Back Metuchen’s Main Street group over on Facebook.

Some of the info might be a little outdated, but still lots of useful information, I’d say!

Why am I writing about this? After all, I have no intention of opening a business in our adopted home town. Well, it’s because our town is trying to work together to help encourage more business and more stable businesses. I figure the more useful information we all share and discuss regarding how to do this, the better. When people are better informed, they’ll have a better chance at succeeding in business.