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Carrollwood McDonald's closed for major reconstruction; Chipotle comes to Citrus Park

CARROLLWOOD — A popular and profitable store for a local McDonald's franchisee is undergoing reconstruction as part of the chain's routine redesign efforts.

"It's part of McDonald's renewal program, and it's been part of our business plan," said Bob Conigliaro, spokesman for Caspers Co., the local McDonald's franchisee. "We always scheduled remodels, and if the store gets a little long in the tooth like the one in Carrollwood, it gets a complete rebuild."

The store at 10410 N Dale Mabry Highway closed on July 12, and demolition began shortly afterward, Conigliaro said. The restaurant will reopen sometime in mid October, he said.

Because of its location on the southbound lane of Dale Mabry Highway near Busch Boulevard and Gunn Highway, Conigliaro said the restaurant is a popular one. Commuters on their way to work downtown like the convenience of being able to zip in and out with their breakfast or their morning coffee.

"It's a great place to stop in the morning, and we have a lot of loyal customers," Conigliaro said.

The store will reflect a style change that can already be found at several other local McDonald's, such as the one at N Dale Mabry Highway and Van Dyke Road.

"It's the arcade look," Conigliaro said. "It's very modern, very contemporary."

The arcade design includes various amenities, including a flat-screen television, free WiFi, couch and cushion seating, a second drive-through order point, and WiFi stations where customers can plug in their electronic equipment.

"All of the equipment will be the most modern and up to date that McDonald's has to offer," Conigliaro said. "Customers love the new relaxed atmosphere. That seems to be the American lifestyle these days, where they don't want to be so hurried.

"And you can't find anyone without a computer with them," Conigliaro said. "They're connected to the world, and they like to be wherever they go."

Chipotle opens with benefit for local farm

CITRUS PARK — In keeping with its reputation for supporting locally grown ingredients, the latest Chipotle Mexican Grill opened Monday with a fundraiser for a local organic farm.

Though the restaurant, at 7002 Gunn Highway, didn't officially open until Tuesday, Chipotle hosted a preopening event Monday evening to raise money for Sweetwater Organic Farm, a Town 'N Country-based nonprofit, organic farm and environmental education center. For $5, patrons received a burrito, salad, tacos or a burrito bowl, with a drink.

All proceeds from that event benefited Sweetwater Organic Farm.

A Chipotle spokeswoman said she expects the new location will be popular in the community.

"It was a natural fit because so many Chipotle fans are located in the Citrus Park area," the spokeswoman said.

At 2,100 square feet, the store has a typical size and layout for a Chipotle restaurant, and it features the usual design elements customers expect.

Chipotle is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, visit chipotle.com or call (813) 925-4408.

Reach Sean Ledig at hillsnews@sptimes.com.

Carrollwood McDonald's closed for major reconstruction; Chipotle comes to Citrus Park 08/11/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 12, 2011 2:31pm]
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