The next phase of a Midlothian retail development has scored its first tenant.
Chipotle signed a lease in November on a space now under construction at the Kroger-anchored Ivymont Square shopping center.
The chain is the first announced tenant of a new outparcel at the shopping center, which is opposite the Winterfield Crossing shopping center still under development.
The Chipotle is expected to open in spring 2023, a company spokeswoman said. The company currently has 15 locations in the Richmond area, according to its website.
The outparcel is expected to be finished this upcoming summer, and talks were ongoing with several more tenants for the retail strip, Nicki Jassy of Thalhimer said in an email earlier this month.
Jassy and George Stuckey handle leasing at the shopping center. Connie Jordan Nielsen, also of Thalhimer, represented Chipotle in the lease negotiations.
The new outparcel will have five spaces, the smallest of which is about 1,100 square feet, according to a leasing flyer.
Chipotle will sit opposite Winterfield Crossing, which counts competitor Qdoba Mexican Eats among its current food tenants. Triple Crossing Brewing planned to open its Winterfield Crossing outpost today, co-founder Adam Worcester said last week. Still to come to the mixed-use development is Wong’s Tacos, owned by locally-based EAT Restaurant Partners.
Construction on 150 new townhomes next to Ivymont is slated to start in the spring, adding more future homes to the immediate neighborhood on top of 250 age-restricted townhomes set to be built at Winterfield Crossing.