NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Chipotle Mexican Grill will continue its expansion into Canada with a new location in Surrey, B.C., scheduled to open on March 30.
The restaurant will be Chipotle’s first new Canadian location since its Markham, Ont. restaurant opened in October 2018. Over the next year, Chipotle plans to open eight new locations in Canada.
Chipotle also has plans to unveil its first Canadian ‘Chipotlane’ at a new restaurant opening in Port Coquitlam, B.C. this summer. Chipotlanes — the brand’s drive-thru digital-order pickup lanes — are designed to increase access and convenience by providing a speedy and seamless guest experience in under a minute.
In addition to the Surrey and Port Coquitlam locations, Chipotle plans to open six additional restaurants in British Columbia and Ontario over the next 12 months. There are currently 23 Chipotle restaurants in Canada, with locations in the greater Toronto and Vancouver metro areas, as well as Ottawa and London, Ont.
“Canada has cleared our stage-gate process and we’re ready to accelerate new-restaurant openings,” says Jack Hartung, Chief Financial Officer, Chipotle. “We will be experimenting with different location formats and restaurant designs throughout the country to gauge consumer preferences in the various markets.”