Who will be the next Chipotle? Could Chipotle be the next Chipotle? Two local retail experts tell us the competition between quick service food chains remains hotter than ever.
Miller Walker Retail Real Estate principals Bill Miller and Alex Walker tell us fast casual chains are getting more sophisticated, raising the bar for creating concepts that will catch on. According to Bill, the trend really stems from the busy lifestyle of DC’s working crowd. “As a percentage of food we buy, it’s more prepared food than food we cook at home,” he says. And within the fast casual sector, “our market is looking for really high-quality food that is interesting,” Bill tells us.