Whoa, first a Starbucks on Sutphin Blvd and THEN Jamaica Ave, now a Chipolte across the street and a Burlington Coat Factor and H&M next door and Dallas BBQ on Parsons in the old City Rib/Moda Grill spot.
While this may not sound to some people as such a big deal, but considering all the damn crap that has been on Jamaica Ave for decades, this is something. I have been in the Starbucks in both places and both have good customer service (most businesses here need to take a course in 101 customer service) and are always nice inside (but I would expect that from them). While I rarely go to Starbucks (their coffee sucks), at least they have standards and pay their people decent with benefits.
Now a big questions, will that bring in better quality of people into the community to shop, etc or live and will the powers that be really do something about cleaning up all the fucking garbage and the nonsense that tends to go on too much. Hell, if this can all help move out the polluting Royal Waste, shoot for the stars, but don’t pull a LIC or some Brooklyn shit, just make it a nice affordable community with hard working people who actually have pride in their community, treat it with respect and want nice things in their community, so they don’t have to always go outside the hood and dump money into some other community. Of course there will those that will scream “gentrification” or “there goes the neighborhood” or “come the white people”, etc, the kind of people who are content with all the bullshit and nonsense because they cause the bullshit and nonsense and this may put a cramp in their style and maybe even learn to be civilized and be respectful.
From DNAInfo New York:
Chipotle Planning to Open New Outpost in Downtown Jamaica
Chipotle is planning to open a new restaurant at 160-02 Jamaica Ave.
QUEENS — Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle is planning to open its first eatery in downtown Jamaica, according to the company.
The outpost will be located at 160-02 Jamaica Ave., Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold said in an email Friday.
Arnold also noted that “construction is not yet scheduled, so it’s too soon to offer any guidance on timing.”
The restaurant will open as part of a retail complex — which will also include Burlington Coat Factory and H&M — located one block away from the Jamaica Center subway station and across the street from Starbucks, which opened at 159-27 Jamaica Ave. in March.
Chipotle is planning to open its new restaurant at 160-02 Jamaica Ave. (DNAinfo/Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska)
The chain currently has five locations in Queens — in the Rego Center Mall in Rego Park, in the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst, on Austin Street in Forest Hills, on Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights and on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City.
“I’m so excited that they are coming,” said Valerie Stevens, director of business services and operations at the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District. “I’ve been wanting Chipotle for a long time on Jamaica Avenue and I think it’s going to be really good for businesses and it’s definitely going to increase the foot traffic in downtown Jamaica.”
The chain is coming to the neighborhood as it’s been undergoing a rapid transformation, with a slew of new apartment buildings, hotels and stores.
Earlier this month, Dallas BBQ also confirmed that it’s planning to open a new eatery at 89-14 Parsons Blvd. in downtown Jamaica this summer.