RAVENNA — Ravenna will soon be home to its first Chipotle franchise. The city Planning Commission recently approved plans for the East Main Street store.

Jen Saum, design manager for Chipotle, said the store at 787 E. Main St. will be the chain’s new prototype and will include a pickup window.

“People will order online or on the app, and pick up from their car window,” she said.

The eatery will be located in front of Giant Eagle, in one of the outlots that once housed the GetGo gas station.

The building will be 2,000 square feet and will have 46 seats inside, plus an outdoor patio. Saum said the chain hopes the eatery will open by the end of the year.

City Engineer Bob Finney told Saum that his office will have to sign off on final plans for the site, including curbs and landscaping. He said there will need to be either a curb or strip of grass to distinguish the Chipotle site from the neighboring parcel, and cautioned Saum to make sure people entering the pickup lane don’t collide with those trying to find parking. He also said the site needs to accommodate traffic on its site without causing a problem for the Giant Eagle store.

“That’s one of the highest grossing Giant Eagles in the area,” he said.

Saum said the store would be open from 10:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. and would employ 10 people per shift. There will be 42 parking spaces in the lot.

Mayor Frank Seman warned Saum about the Celebrate Portage! Cruise-In, which will take place Aug. 28. The event, he said, closes East Main Street to traffic, and may impact construction.

“We’re glad to have you,” he said.

 

Reporter Diane Smith can be reached at 330-298-1139 or dsmith@recordpub.com.