A couple of news items on the retail front:
1. The Chipotle in Highland Heights opens next week. While the store is in Highland Heights it will still be the closest Chipotle to Fort Thomas (unless of course the once rumored store in the Newport Pavilion comes to fruition). To celebrate its arrival, the restaurant will give away free burritos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 14. Later that same day, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Chipotle will host a pre-opening fundraiser to benefit Highlands High School’s Student Activities Fund. Attendees will pay $5 and receive a burrito and soft drink, with all proceeds from the event benefiting the fund.
2. I spoke with someone at the Newport Pavilion Kroger and they do not have plans to open the fuel center until March or April. I am disappointed by this news given the lack of fuel options or fuel options that are not 20 cents more per gallon than the rest of the area. This news also makes me wonder if there are more site problems with the Pavilion than have been reported and seems to also indicate that an opening for Target is not in the cards for 2010. The longer this gets delayed the more likely that Target is to back out as well.