Chipotle Inks Deals for Additional ShopHouse Locations

Mon Jun 3, 2013 11:31am EDT

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Chipotle Inks Deals for Additional ShopHouse Locations

New Locations Will Continue to Introduce and Develop the ShopHouse Concept

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) has signed leases for additional ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen locations. ShopHouse, the Southeast Asian concept developed by Chipotle, currently has one restaurant open in Washington, DC, with another Washington location and two Los Angeles area restaurants under construction and opening in the coming weeks. The newest locations will include additional restaurants in Los Angeles and in the Washington, DC area.

“The response we have seen to ShopHouse reminds me very much of what I saw when I opened the first Chipotle,” said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle. “People love the food and the experience, and appreciate that we are giving them something that is unique and flavorful, and doing it in a way that is accessible and affordable.”

The newest ShopHouse locations will be at 1055 Broxton Ave. in Westwood, Calif., 710 7th Street NW in Washington, DC, 4820 Bethesda Ave. in Bethesda, Md., and 11800 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Md. The restaurants in Westwood and Bethesda are slated to open late in 2013, with the Rockville and Washington, DC locations slated to open in mid- to late-2014.

ShopHouse is influenced by traditional ingredients, flavors and cooking techniques of Southeast Asia, and the restaurant gets its name from traditional shophouses, a common form of architecture in Southeast Asian cities in which families live upstairs and operate restaurants or fresh markets on the ground floor. The ShopHouse model closely resembles Chipotle, including a commitment to serving food made with highest quality ingredients from more sustainable sources, preparing food in an open kitchen using classic cooking techniques, and serving customers in an interactive format that allows each individual to pick and choose exactly what goes in to their own order.

The new ShopHouse deals do not signify an acceleration of Chipotle’s development plans for the concept, and Chipotle’s growth will be driven primarily by developing the Chipotle brand in the U.S. for the foreseeable future.

ABOUT CHIPOTLE

Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that—where possible—are sustainably grown and naturally raised with respect for the animals, the land, and the farmers who produce the food. A similarly focused people culture, with an emphasis on identifying and empowering top performing employees, enables us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and currently operates more than 1,450 restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

ABOUT SHOPHOUSE

ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen opened its first restaurant in 2011 in Washington, DC. Developed by Chipotle, ShopHouse draws on the unique flavors, ingredients and cooking methods of Southeast Asia, and takes its name from the mid-rise buildings prevalent throughout Southeast Asian cities where hard-working families live in apartments above the ground floor restaurants or markets that they operate. These shops serve as Asia’s version of fast food, with tiny kitchens turning out rice or noodle bowls laced with spicy sauces, marinated meats, and a flurry of herbs and vegetables. For more information, visit ShopHouseKitchen.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements in this press release, including projected restaurant openings and statements regarding Chipotle’s growth plans for the ShopHouse brand, are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We use words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “could”, “should”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, “may”, “predict”, “project”, “target”, and similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions, to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date any such statements are made and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: factors that could affect our ability to achieve and manage our planned expansion, such as the availability of a sufficient number of suitable new restaurant sites and the availability of qualified employees; the performance of new restaurants and their impact on existing restaurant sales; increases in the cost of food ingredients and other key supplies; the potential for increased labor costs or difficulty retaining qualified employees, including as a result of immigration enforcement activities; the risk of food-borne illnesses and other health concerns about our food; risks relating to our expansion into new markets; the impact of federal, state or local government regulations relating to our employees, our restaurant design, or the sale of food or alcoholic beverages; the effect of competition in the restaurant industry; the effects of continuing economic uncertainty on our business and on our suppliers, landlords and potential developers; and other risk factors described from time to time in our SEC reports, including our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, all of which are available on our website at chipotle.com.

Chipotle
Chris Arnold, 303-222-5912
carnold@chipotle.com