Health-conscious Chipotle Mexican Grill opened its first Vancouver restaurant December 13 at Robson Square, a popular downtown plaza and shopping district - but don't expect to buy into the franchise.
Building on its presence in the U.S., Toronto, Paris and the U.K., this newest opening in Vancouver marks the forging of new territory on the western coast of Canada, said company CEO Steve Ells.
"We are committed to continuing our expansion while raising awareness concerning food issues and creating a more sustainable and healthful food supply," added Chris Arnold, a Chipotle spokesperson.
Chipotle, which has 1,200 locations in the U.S. and Europe, has ended its franchise plan in favour of corporate ownership and control, however.
from Western Investor February 2013