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Starbucks, Qdoba Mexican Grill coming to Merrimack Premium Outlets

MERRIMACK – The state’s first Qdoba Mexican Grill and Merrimack’s first Starbucks are on their way to becoming the latest additions to the Merrimack Premium Outlets campus.

Though the timetable for their respective openings isn’t yet clear, both should be open by the end of the year, town officials indicated recently. Plans also call for a new yogurt shop and bank branch to be built on the same parcel, which is just off Premium Outlets Boulevard. ...

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MERRIMACK – The state’s first Qdoba Mexican Grill and Merrimack’s first Starbucks are on their way to becoming the latest additions to the Merrimack Premium Outlets campus.

Though the timetable for their respective openings isn’t yet clear, both should be open by the end of the year, town officials indicated recently. Plans also call for a new yogurt shop and bank branch to be built on the same parcel, which is just off Premium Outlets Boulevard.

Since the Outlets’ grand opening in June, more and more prospective tenants and neighbors have begun showing interest in coming to the area, Community development director Tim Thompson said.

“From my perspective, I always anticipated that once the outlets got up and running and established a presence, they would make the area more attractive for retail as well as hospitality,” Thompson said.

Currently, the restaurants, fast-food shops and specialty food vendors are clustered in and around the food court toward the northern end of the complex. When complete, Starbucks and Qdoba, along with the as-yet named yogurt shop, will be the first eateries separate from the main mall.

While Starbucks needs no introduction, Qdoba is a relatively new name to the area, though anyone who spends time in Boston or Cambridge has likely seen at least a couple of Qdobas in their travels.

The nationwide chain debuted its first store in Denver in 1995, when business partners Anthony Miller and Robert Hauser “imported the San Francisco-style burrito to Colorado,” according to the company’s website.

Sometimes referred to as “the rich man’s Taco Bell,” Qdoba has opened roughly 500 franchises in 45 states in the 17 years hence, “and plenty more are on the way,” the site states. It doesn’t mention Merrimack specifically, but count on high-ranking company representatives to be on hand when its grand opening does occur.

Qdoba’s 2003 acquisition by the publicly-traded Jack in the Box Inc. doesn’t appear to have affected its momentum, as franchises have kept springing up across the land.

By becoming Qdoba’s 46th state (including the District of Columbia), New Hampshire also becomes just the second New England state with a store. While there are 24 in Massachusetts, mostly in the Greater Boston and Metro West areas, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island are still awaiting their first Qdoba. The other Qdoba-less state is Hawaii.

Colorado, with 86, has the most Qdoba stores; 13 of them, appropriately, are in Denver, its birthplace. Its 13 stores make Denver the biggest Qdoba city; indeed, 34 states have fewer Qdobas than does Denver itself.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also follow Shalhoup on Twitter (@Telegraph_DeanS).