Chipotle Now Hiring Managers for LaVale Restaurant

Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 6.02.21 PMLaVale, Md. — Chipotle Mexican Grill is now hiring managers for its LaVale restaurant that is expected to open this year.

The restaurant is now advertising openings for a general manager and an assistant manager. Both positions come with medical, dental, 401(k) benefits and semi-annual bonuses, according to the postings. Chipotle will be housed in a renovated space in the Braddock Road Shopping Center, 12101 Winchester Road, that was once home to a U.S. Cellular, among other businesses through the years. This will be Chipotle’s first location in Allegany County.

Once a restaurant advertises openings for management, it will take some time to get them settled in to start hiring cooks and the rest of their staff. Typically when the general manager post is advertised, opening is about 180 days away. That’s what we’re looking at now, at best. Construction and opening seems to be slower than usual.

Chipotle said to check back in early summer for a better idea of when opening could be.

 

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Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Planning Hagerstown Location

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. — Bruster’s Real Ice Cream will be joining Sardi’s Pollo A La Brasa Chicken in the former Pizza Hut on the corner of Railway Lane and Massey Boulevard.

A building permit filed with Washington County Building Services shows that 100 Railway Lane will be split to accommodate the ice cream shop along with Beltsville-based Sardi’s Chicken.

Bruster’s has been around since 1989 and now has over 200 locations, including in Chambersburg, Pa., and Frederick. Each location is allowed to make up to 24 flavors per day out of its 150 flavor catalog. You’ll find your cones, mixes, sundaes and ice cream cakes here like you would at Dairy Queen or Baskin Robbins. However, the flavors are made in store and not trucked in. The chain is based in Bridgeville, Pa., near Pittsburgh.

The 4,100-square-foot ice cream parlor lists possible hours as 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week with 30 employees. Those hours will likely be adjusted according to the season.

(I will never forget the fine folks at the Erie Times-News introducing me to Bruster’s there in the summer of 2006. Couldn’t get enough of it, really and am glad there will be an easier one to get to than Chambersburg and Somerset.)

Hagerstown Regal Cinemas To Install Leather Reclining Seats

favicon-196x196WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. — PREIT sprinkled some tidbits about additional improvements at the Valley Mall in Hagerstown on Thursday in between some information we already knew.

Regal Cinemas will remodel its Hagerstown movieplex, PREIT announced, by installing “luxury reclining seats in a stadium seating format and modernized aesthetics.”

That announcement would seem to hint that Regal will sign on to extend its lease beyond  2020.

As I mentioned before, Regal is renovating theaters across the country by installing king-sized recliners, upgrading projectors, screens, sound systems and in some places, reducing screens and building a bar lounge. Anything beyond technology upgrades and recliners coming to the Valley Mall will remain to be seen.

The press release also formalized other announcements: Tilt Studio and Onelife Fitness will replace Macy’s and Belk will have an October 2018 opening date. Bon-Ton is already in liquidation mode after the holidays with signs for “all sales final” around the store. They should be closing up shop come February.

Here’s an excerpt from the release covering Tilt and Onelife:

Tilt Studio and Onelife Fitness will occupy the former Macy’s box in a total of 118,000 square feet, bringing differentiated and sought-after uses to the property. These advancements at the area’s dominant regional mall represent PREIT’s commitment to cultivating a diversified mall experience, where shoppers will have access to fashion, fitness, fun and food.

Tilt Studio offers a variety of attractions, including rides, bowling, black light laser tag, black light golf, arcade games and space for parties, groups and private events. Tilt Studio will occupy 48,000 square feet at Valley Mall. Tilt currently operates over 40 locations across the country, however this will be one of only 10 Tilt Studio locations.

Onelife Fitness will open its third Maryland location in 70,000 square feet at Valley Mall. Onelife Fitness operates 29 locations today – its clubs are innovative, community-focused, convenient, friendly and affordable, offering vast amenities. The Valley Mall location will feature indoor and outdoor pools – significantly reinventing the traditional mall platform.

Tilt Studio and Onelife Fitness will join Belk, which who will replace the proactively recaptured Bon-Ton store. Belk, which will open October 2018, offers an assortment of national brands and private-label fashion, shoes and accessories for the entire family, along with top-name cosmetics, a wedding registry and southern style for the home. 

Again, we are still waiting to see what plays out with the two other big box spaces.

Seritage Growth Properties has not unveiled what it will do with the shuttered Sears space and J.C. Penney’s lease ends in 2019. I would not count Penney’s out at the mall. Penney’s saw a boost in same-store performance across its portfolio for November and December, CNBC reported. If the company can continue its strength on beauty, women’s, kids and new appliance segments, there’s hope for a stronger turnaround.