3-restaurant development continues


Development continues on a Panera Bread, left, and Chipotle Mexican Grill east of State Street between New Road and Martindale Drive in Greenfield. Construction is expected to begin soon on a Chick-fil-A to the north of the Panera.

Mitchell Kirk | Daily Reporter

GREENFIELD — A development involving three fast-food restaurants on the city’s north side continues, with openings expected this summer and fall.

The project includes a Chick-fil-A, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread at 2203 N. State St., just north of Steak ‘n Shake.

Midland Atlantic Properties’ Indianapolis office brought the project to the city. The firm also owns the nearby commercial property at the northeast corner of State Street and New Road that includes a Starbucks and Qdoba.

Structures are up for the Chipotle and Panera. T. Aaron Boyle, managing principal for Midland Atlantic Properties, said the company turned over the spaces to both restaurant chains. He added the Chick-fil-A is on a ground lease, so the restaurant will construct its own building.

The project hasn’t been immune to the economic challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Boyle said, however none of those obstacles have compromised the expected completion.

“We absolutely were hit with some supply-chain issues, but nothing that was really detrimental,” he said.

Sally Evans, a Chipotle spokesperson, said in an email that the company is scheduled to open one of its Chipotlane locations at the Greenfield site in early summer.

“Chipotlanes feature a digital drive-thru to pick up orders placed in advance on the Chipotle app and Chipotle.com,” Evans said. “This restaurant format also has a dining room for guests to enjoy Chipotle’s health salads, tacos, bowls, burritos and more.”

Each Chipotle restaurant hires about 25 employees, Evans also said.

Site work has started for the Chick-fil-A, but no walls have gone up yet.

“It’s our pleasure to confirm we will be opening our first Chick-fil-A location in Greenfield in the fall, with construction slated to begin in April,” the restaurant chain said in an email. “We look forward to joining the community and to serving all of our guests delicious food in an environment of genuine hospitality.”

Panera did not return a request for comment.