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Chipotle, Panera, Aldi and Sparkle Car Wash Opening on Jefferson

The Joliet City Council approved site plans and permits for two new developments -- one at Caterpillar Drive and the other near Infantry Road.

Chipotle Mexican Grill
Chipotle Mexican Grill
A Panera Bread, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Adli food store will be built on the site of the old Dukes Dodge dealership on Jefferson Street, and just down the block a new car wash is to go up on land next to D'Arcy Volkswagen.

All four businesses received Joliet City Council approval Tuesday night.

The first three are part of a development proposed by Jerry Cairo for 4-acre site at Jefferson Street and Caterpillar Drive, almost directly across the street from the Starbucks strip mall, also built by Cairo.

The Aldi will be a free-standing, 16,400-square-foot building and the Panera and Chipotle will be housed in a second building with each allocated 7,570 square feet. A third 4,000-square-foot building does not yet have a tenant.

Aldi will be vacating its current location at 1820 W. Jefferson St. once the new building at 2617 W. Jefferson is ready to open about a year from now.

Panera and Chipotle both already have successful Joliet locations -- the former in the Louis Joliet Mall and the latter off Plainfield Road near the mall -- that will remain open.

When asked by council members if the new buildings would be of similar high-caliber construction to those found in other suburbs, Cairo assured them they would.

"I believe the buildings will be high quality and built with first-class products," he said. "They're going to be built to last a long time. You can see that with the Starbucks across the street."

Councilman Jim McFarland praised Cairo for proposing a development that will help upgrade the Jefferson Street business corridor.

"I think this is a shot in the arm to a corner that's been blighted for so many years," he said.

Two blocks away, a new Sparkle Express Car Wash is to be built at 2831 W. Jefferson St.

It will be the third car wash facility located on or near Jefferson Street between Essington Road and Larkin Avenue, competing with Delta Sonic at 1812 W. Jefferson St. and Motor Mat at 77 Republic Ave., about a half block north of Jefferson.

Sparkle, part of a franchise that already has a location in Oswego, offers drive-through service and provides free vacuum stands for customer use. It will be open every day other than Christmas, with hours likely to be either 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be no detailing services.

The council approved a special use permit and a drive-through window permit for the business.
Herc October 01, 2013 at 11:59 PM
What kind of tax incentives did they get?
Karen Sorensen (Editor) October 02, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Not one, Herc.
miamcm October 02, 2013 at 07:38 AM
Glad to see new businesses coming to Jefferson St area that aren't used car lots or banks. What I would REALLY love in the Joliet area is a Costco. I have both Sam's and Costco memberships and prefer Costco. I just keep Sam's for times I need something and don't feel like driving to Orland or Bolingbrook.
Boss October 02, 2013 at 08:40 AM
its good to see joliet to continue to improve. they should try to improve more east of jeffereson as well. its very old down that way.
Jamielynn October 02, 2013 at 09:38 AM
Glad Aldi is moving. The current location is a nightmare to get in and out of especially at 3pm... Too much traffic at Jefferson/Larkin.
Love Joliet October 02, 2013 at 10:04 AM
Herc who cares? It"s good for the city.
anonymous October 02, 2013 at 10:06 AM
more high paying jobs to replace all of the layoffs at CAT Joliet(after another round of layoffs this month thanks to our GREAT economy CAT is down to 300 guys working there from 800 on the job after the strike). I'm sure Chipotle and Panera both pay $60K a year+benis like CAT does-right? Fear not-making a sandwich now counts towards US GDP just like making tractors-just don't expect to buy a nice house and new car working at Panera. But-hey- all the City of Joliet wants/needs/really cares about is the tax $ to keep paying the bloated salaries/pensions of all of the govt employee slugs- everybody else can suck wind and tighten their belts in our modern version of A Tale of Two Cities where the haves work for the govt and the have-nots get govt handouts.
Bill Durks October 02, 2013 at 10:19 AM
You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
Herc October 02, 2013 at 10:54 AM
@Love it matters a lot, apparently you like paying taxes. Everyone should pay their fair share. Isn't that Obama's motto?
jolietkenny October 02, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Now all we need is Babe's to remodel. Good food, but building looking a bit shabby.
Boss October 02, 2013 at 01:01 PM
are they still building that wearhouse on mcdought rd? where they given over $150,000 incentives for prermint and taxes? i heard that was a good paying company?
Marc Spots the X October 02, 2013 at 02:08 PM
I'm hoping for a Trader Joe's
Herc October 02, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Whole foods would be nice also on that wish list.
anonymous October 02, 2013 at 04:27 PM
another McDonald's would be nice.
Marc Spots the X October 02, 2013 at 11:55 PM
If the third building becomes a Culver's, my life would probably be about 10 years shorter, but it'd be delicious. That and/or a Lou Malnati's.
Boss October 03, 2013 at 11:23 AM
sad part is these bissens dont last with taxes so high in il its hard to buy anything no and days

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