The other major player in the â€œfresh Mexicanâ€ fast food concept has a few words for Chipotle Mexican Grill:
Qdoba Mexican Grill is coming to the Syracuse area, too.
â€œThat whole corridor, the Syracuse-Rochester-Buffalo market is a priority for us now,â€ said Todd Owen, Qdobaâ€™s vice president of franchise development. â€œWe will be in more than one location in Syracuse, but one will definitely be oriented to Syracuse University.â€
Chipotle and Qdoba are two of the fastest-growing fast-food chains in the nation, and both have been quickly entering the Northeast. Sometimes one will take Manhattan â€” Chipotle â€” while another takes Jersey and Philly first, which Qdoba conquered.
â€œBut because of the way weâ€™re growing, we sometimes bump into each other,â€ said Owen. â€œAnd why not? There was always more than one burger guy, one pizza guy, one sub shop. Even if another is first to market, it doesnâ€™t stop the competition.â€
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