Chipotle Franchise Cost

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A Chipotle Mexican Grill business focuses on creating a quality of dining that is unique in such a way that the service is as fast as a fast food chain yet the food is as good as a casual sit-in restaurant.

This would state a major reason why franchisees are opting to go to a Chipotle franchise.

We can begin this article with a brief history of Chipotle. The McDonald’s corporation has some linkages to Chipotle, because at one time, McDonald’s had investments on Chipotle. Unfortunately, the business relationship between McDonald’s and Chipotle is not that smooth-flowing, especially on the part of Chipotle, that’s why the two companies mentioned started to part ways.

This particular event in Chipotle history opened doors to further improvements of the said company. They were able to improve their services, particularly with making deals with franchise restaurants. This is good news for all the aspiring Chipotle franchisees out there, since they will be able to decipher that now, with Chipotle fully independent, also has developed its franchise managing potentials.

Corporate culture and emphasis on premium ingredients is one of the core components of a Chipotle business. This means that they regard business not only as a money making machine, but also as a tool for corporate growth and the improvement of each person involved in the business, including the franchisees.

Chipotle Mexican Grill has 700 stores over significant parts in the world. However, of these stores, only eight are currently classified as franchises. The remaining 692 are owned by the main corporation themselves. This is some sort of bad news for aspiring Chipotle franchisees because the above situation implies that there are but a few slots available for aspiring Chipotle franchises. One of the main reasons why this situation exists is because of the Food with Integrity program of Chipotle.

In this Food with Integrity program, the stores can be controlled more easily if they are corporate owned. This includes mandatory suppliers for primary ingredients such as beef, pork, chicken, and vegetables. This shows that Chipotle is some kind of lenient when it comes to the different operations involved in their locations, especially about food. Unfortunately, this Food with Integrity program closes doors for franchisees who want to be independent.

A franchise-oriented site mentions that currently, Chipotle has continued its actions of avoiding running a standardized franchise model. This means that at present, Chipotle is not yet selling franchise slots for aspiring Chipotle franchisees. They actually had an initial public offering or IPO in 2006, but it looked like that event proved to be the last, as of now. According to some, the lack of a standardized Chipotle franchise model is quite surprising, considering the good quality of food and services they are offering. This means that the exclusiveness of Chipotle proves to be strong.

The price of a franchising a Chipotle business is currently ranging from $20000 to $25,000 dollars or more. The royalty fees involved in Chipotle franchising costs four to eight percent of the salary of the franchise.

42 Comments

  • Julio C. Vega said on March 19, 2011
    If available, could you please send me some info about franchising a Chipotle restaurant. I know everything seems too tight with franchising one of those Chipotles, but if available, I'll give it a world. Thank you. Julito
  • Lourdes Hernandez said on August 1, 2012
    Hi I want to know the cost to buy a franchise of Chiplote for Puerto Rico. I need to know the required to buy a franchise. Thanks
  • alessandro said on November 26, 2012
    I want to know more about buying a franchise of Chipotle for San Juan Puerto Rico. Thanks
  • Rooapli Panse said on January 24, 2013
    could you please send me some info about franchising a Chipotle restaurant opening in India.
  • Joanne wagner said on February 13, 2013
    Hi I would like to ask the cost and investment to prepare for franchise . I want to open inside the college in Nj and also in philippines . We love your food my family and specially my daughter 7 days a week chipotle food . She loves it . Im thinking to invest and franchise while my family love it. Please send me a cost to invest and start capital to start with . I want to start in college ,universities. Thank you, Joanne wagner
  • Kiran said on June 12, 2013
    I would like to Franchise Chipotle restaurant in state: NH. Please let me know details regarding same.
  • Luis Diaz said on January 29, 2014
    Hi, could you please send all about this incredible restaurant? I'd like to know the requirements if I want to open in Panama City, Panama. Thank you., Best Regards., Luis Diaz.
  • johnmarie said on March 2, 2014
    I WOULD LIKE TO OPEN CHIPOTLE RESTAURANT IN CORAL SPRING FLORIDA. PLEASE LET ME KNOW DETAILS. REGARDING PLEASE. CORAL SPRINGS FLORIDA 33065. USA
  • Celeste said on July 18, 2014
    I would like to franchise Chipotle in the philippines. Please let me know how much it will cost me and what are the requirements to be a franchise owner .
  • Lanie said on October 16, 2014
    It's seem 3 persons ask for franchising in the philippines. Well, I'm also interested franchise chipotle in the Philppines. Can you pls send Info TIA
  • Jo Ann Webb Haye said on November 8, 2014
    Hi I am a minority woman and where I live there is no Chipotle near, 25 mile is the closest one. My teenage children love chipotle and so do I. It would be a meg hit in this area, where there many historical colleges. Please help me. I want to bring to this area the best mexian food in town.,Where everyone loves chipolte. Ms Jo. By the way , I live in Georgia!!!!!!!!
  • Sheetal Pawa said on December 11, 2014
    Hi we would like to get more information on opening a franchise of Chipotle in Singapore. We are in the f&b business and am keen to start the franchise as we believe there is a strong demand. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
  • Gifty Amoako said on January 2, 2015
    i would like to know the chipotle franchise cost. 3324 Crossing Hill Way, Columbus OH 43219
  • ANA MORIN C. said on January 5, 2015
    I AM VERY INTERESTED ON HAVING A FRANCHISE OF YOUR RESTAURANTS CHIPOTLE ON MY COUNTRY BOLIVIA, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW YOUR REQUIREMENTS AND COST OF CHIPOTLE IN ORDER I CAN HAVE THE FRANCHISE IN MY COUNTRY. I WILL BE AWAITING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS MATTER. SINCERELY YOURS, ANA MORIN C.
  • Gurpreet said on February 1, 2015
    Hello, I live in Surrey B.C Canada. There is only one location of Chipotle which is located in Vancouver and it seems the business is doing extremely well. There is no Chipotle franchise in the residence I live in. May you please email me all the start up costs for opening up this franchise in this area. Thank you
  • Meg Bittner said on March 7, 2015
    I would love to open a Chipotle in Oxford Missisippi. Please contact me.
  • Jim Kinney said on March 27, 2015
    Very Interested in opening a Chipotle in Hattiesburg MS. Please contact me?
  • Walter Benacidez said on April 1, 2015
    Resident of Montreal, Canada, I would like to know how it works to get a franchise of Chipotle. I would love to have the full information
  • Hernan Goveo said on April 11, 2015
    Hello! I want to know the cost to buy a franchise of Chiplote for Puerto Rico. I need to know the required to buy a franchise. Thanks for the great food experience.
  • Jairo E Polanco said on April 14, 2015
    I was a manager in Chiplote at one point. The amount needed to open one is $20,000-$25,000. Just for the name. The full amount for restaurant is $200,000.00.
  • Garo Ayaltin said on April 22, 2015
    Interested in few locations LA Valley CA area and El Paso TX
  • kamaljeet said on April 30, 2015
    Hello, I live in surrey, B.C Canada I would like to open Chipotle restaurant near surrey ,Langley please forward franchise information thx
  • Jerry S├ínchez said on May 28, 2015
    Hi, I'm interested in purchasing a franchise chipotle, please tell me all I need to start investing, Thank you very much, have a good day. I live in Englewood, NJ. USA
  • Larry foote said on June 20, 2015
    looking to open a chipotle in plaistow nh
  • Carolina said on June 27, 2015
    Wish to open Chipotle franchise in Chicago.Need more details about it.
  • DANA said on July 8, 2015
    I would like to franchise Chipotle in the OAKLAND, CA. Please let me know how much it will cost me and what are the requirements to be a franchise owner.
  • MIGUEL NUNEZ said on July 27, 2015
    Hi, I am interested to open a Chipotle in the area that I live. Can you send me more details about it. Thank You.
  • Andre Void said on July 28, 2015
    Hi, I am interested in opening a Chiplote in Covington, GA. Can you send me information. Thank you.
  • Allan Figueroa said on August 2, 2015
    I'm interested in franchising a chipotle in Boynton beach Florida. Would like to know, if the initial fee of 25,000 30,000 includes building the business from the ground up or just getting into an already restaurant.
  • Vangjel Kapbardhi said on August 4, 2015
    hello, I had a few questions about possibly franchising a chipotle in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Sam said on August 21, 2015
    I'm interested to open chipotle where I live. Could some one please provide more info.
  • Brandon Jones said on October 14, 2015
    I would really love to open a Chipolte's here in Abilene Texas.I am set to retire in 2 years 8 months and need a new career.Please help.
  • Jack Beldon said on November 14, 2015
    I need Chipolte for the rest of my life in S.Katy Houston Tx. Near interstate 99. IT will become the staple of not only my family, but also the large majority of people that wants great food daily because Chipolte is an extraordinarily better experience than fast food.
  • MARCUS PAPERCHASE said on December 26, 2015
    I would love to open up a chipolte up in Cleveland,Ohio in an urban area of town,particularly on 105th st.clair. how much will it cost me?
  • AHMED ELGHAZALI said on February 17, 2016
    I am interested in opening a chipotle franchise is Brooklyn, New York. My spending budget is 600k, I would like to have a drive thru if possible.
  • Jimmy K said on February 18, 2016
    I would love to invest and open a chipotle here in Mansfield, Tx. Please send me all the good infos. Thanks
  • Ro Cherput said on March 3, 2016
    I would love to open up a Chipotle in North Carolina. Please send me all informations. Thanks.
  • BRENDA IGLESIAS said on May 5, 2016
    HI MY NAME IS BRENDA IGLEIAS. I AM INTERESTED IN HAVING MORE INFORMATION TOWARDS CHIPOTLE FRANCHISE.I WOULD LOVE TO OPEN ONE IN THE MC ALLEN,TX AREA. I AM LOOKING FOWARD TO HEAR FROM YOU. THANK YOU!!!!
  • Nancy A said on May 10, 2016
    Hello I would like open a franchise location in Guelph Ontario Canada please send me more information. We love your product.
  • jerardo chagoya said on August 10, 2016
    hi my name is jerardo chagoya i would like to open a franchise location at chicago
  • Laurie Valente said on January 22, 2017
    My name is Laurie Valente. I live in Lanoka Harbor NJ. It is a shore town near resort area of New Jersey shore. I am very interested in opening a Chipotle franchise, as I have already found a location, and am ready to secure such location. Please contact me asap with information or contact information to move forward immediately. Thank you. Laurie Valente Jurzigurl@aol.com
  • Sushmit roy said on March 24, 2017
    Hi I would like to inquire about opening a Chipotle in Toronto or near by areas, please send me some insight . I am a daily consumer of this awesome food brand.
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