Monday, September 24, 2012

Qdoba Mexican Grill Coming to Manitoba

Qdoba Mexican Grill

Once again Brandon, Manitoba beats Winnipeg to the punch just as they did with Five Guys Burgers. Qdoba Mexican Grill is opening their first franchise in Canada in Brandon in an old Rogers location.

Qdoba is a huge 700 location Denver-based operation. Its main competition is Chipotle Mexican Grill which started in Denver as well. Chipotle just opened its first location in Toronto and will open another in Vancouver next year.

The battle between these giants is huge. Canada represents a potential 100 more locations to whoever gets their first.

Qdoba Mexican Grill serves San Francisco-style burritos and other Mexican dishes.

The rumour is they are eyeing Winnipeg next and are in talks with franchisors.

The complete and enormous success of Famous Dave's since it opened in Winnipeg is not lost on any of the chains out there.


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Anonymous said...

Brandon is booming these days. They seem to be the test market for Manitoba when it comes to new restaurants.

The growth rate in Brandon is more than twice Winnipeg, so I can see why busiinesses choose to take the initial risk there.