Chipotle Mexican Grill's new location on King Street should be open by the end of the year, the company has confirmed.

The popular fast-casual chain started construction earlier this summer on the downtown restaurant in the multiuse complex under development at King and Calhoun streets.

Chipotle spokeswoman Danielle Winslow said the restaurant is slated to open some time in December.

The new location will be the second Chipotle in the Charleston area. The Denver-based chain made its Lowcountry debut in 2012 at 7398 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston.

The building at the site of the former Millennium Music store will be divided among several tenants, including a Walgreens in the center parcel and a restaurant and bar, Carolina Ale House, in the top two floors. Chipotle will be on the ground floor in a 3,000-square-foot parcel along the King Street side of the building.

It's unclear when all the construction will wrap up. The developers with Werner Real Estate Holdings could not be reached for comment Wednesday.


Westwood Plaza at Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Ashley River Road soon will have two big holes to fill when its anchor tenant Office Depot moves to a smaller space in the retail center next month.

The office supply store is moving from its 30,000-square-foot space next to Barnes & Noble to a store nearly half that size on Sept. 17, according to a store associate. Office Depot's new store is replacing the former Shoe Carnival, which moved to Ashley Crossing Shopping Center two years ago.

That means two of the four big units intended for anchor tenants at Westwood will be vacant next month.

The 27,000-square-foot store next to T.J. Maxx has been empty since Marshalls also left in 2012 for the renovated Ashley Crossing Shopping Center.