NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Chipotle Mexican Grill is opening a new restaurant in Port Coquitlam, B.C. on Monday, October 25, which features Canada’s first Chipotlane, the brand’s drive-thru digital-order pickup lane.
To date, Chipotle has approximately 280 Chipotlanes located in the U.S., which allow guests to place their order in advance via the Chipotle app or Chipotle website and simply drive up to grab their meal. Chipotlanes differ from the traditional Chipotle layout by increasing access and convenience with a speedy and seamless guest experience. Chipotle currently has 25 restaurants in Canada and plans to open three additional restaurants in B.C. and Ontario before the end of the year.
“We’re excited to provide Port Coquitlam guests the option to grab their digital Chipotle orders without ever leaving their car,” says Anat Davidzon, managing director, Chipotle Canada. “The new location will also bring additional career opportunities to the area for residents interested in cultivating a better world through real food.”
In August, Chipotle increased restaurant wages in Canada resulting in a $15 minimum hourly rate in Ontario restaurants and $16 minimum hourly rate in B.C. restaurants. In addition to robust benefits and a competitive hourly rate, Chipotle’s crew members can advance to a Restaurateur, the highest general-manager position, in as little as three-and-a-half years, with an average compensation of more than $125,000, while leading a multi-million-dollar growing business. Chipotle also offers a Cultivate Education program, which allows eligible employees to be reimbursed for tuition up to $5,250 per year in qualifying programs. The full suite of benefits includes access to healthcare, retirement savings, free mental-health benefits for employees and family members and more.
In an added effort to boost its recruiting efforts in the region, Chipotle recently introduced a $200 referral bonus for employees who refer a crew member and a $750 referral bonus for employees who refer an apprentice or general manager in Canada.