St. John Properties, Inc. Welcomes Four Restaurants to Cromwell Business Park near BWI Airport

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Charleys Cheesesteaks and Wings, Hibachi Express and TropQ Pizza sign leases at 165-acre business community situated in Anne Arundel County, Maryland   

BALTIMORE, MD (March  25, 2024) – St. John Properties, Inc. has attracted four new restaurants to Cromwell Business Park, a 165-acre mixed-use business community situated adjacent to BWI Airport in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Charleys Cheesesteaks and Wings, Hibachi Express and TropQ Pizza are each expected to open at 920 Cromwell Park Drive later this year. Eric Llewellyn of St. John Properties represented the landlord in each transaction.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is known for its burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and salads utilizing high-quality raw ingredients, combined with an interactive experience that allows consumers to customize their meal. The quick service restaurant opened 121 stores nationwide last quarter and forecasts to open approximately 300 new stores in 2024. Chipotle recently announced a 7.4 percent increase in foot traffic to its stores last quarter. Andrew Segall, Segall Group represented Chipotle Mexican Grill in this lease transaction. 

The Cromwell Business Park location will feature the company’s second Chipotlane® in the Anne Arundel County area, following the opening of the restaurant’s first drive thru pickup lane concept at Lakeshore Plaza last year. Introduced in the U.S. in 2018 and available for digital orders only, Chipotlane is designed to provide customers and delivery drivers with a quick and convenient experience.

“Cromwell Business Park is an excellent fit for Chipotle Mexican Grill and, with the addition of a Chipotlane, we look forward to the opportunity to make it even faster and easier to order and pick up a burrito or bowl,” explained Karen Elsbury, Real Estate Manager, Chipotle Mexican Grill. “We were attracted to the business community’s proximity to Interstate 97, the adjoining residential neighborhoods and existing co-tenancy.”

 Charleys and Hibachi Express are both owned and operated by Peter Zheng.  Charleys is part of the Charleys Cheesesteaks franchise, recognized for its grilled-to-order Philly-style cheesesteaks, gourmet French fries and natural lemonade drinks. The restaurant also specializes in chicken wings with chef-inspired rubs and sauces, and signature milkshakes. Hibachi Express is a Japanese-inspired restaurant which cooks steak, chicken, shrimp, and vegetable dishes on hibachi grills, with its meals usually served with rice, noodles, and special sauces. Hannah Yang of Mulan Realty Corporation represented both tenants in these lease transactions.

TropQ Pizza is a quick-service restaurant specializing in 10-inch, thin crust gluten-free and vegan pizza. Menu items include traditional style pizza, as well as smoothies, juices, and dairy and vegan ice cream. Founded by entrepreneur Ty DeBellotte, the Cromwell Business Park location will be the group’s second TropQ Pizza in Maryland and third overall, joining sites in Annapolis and Richmond, Virginia. DeBellotte is also eyeing expansion nationwide.

“Our premise is to address the dietary restrictions and food allergies many people deal with, and enable a family to visit one restaurant to access both traditional and vegan pizza,” DelBellotte explained. “This spot, thanks to its location off several major highways, will draw consumers from Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties, Baltimore City, as well as travelers using the nearby airport.”

920 Cromwell Park Drive is a single-story building comprising 10,590 square feet of in-line retail space. Nearly 90,000 people reside within a three-mile radius of Cromwell Business Park, with annual household incomes exceeding $108,000. Other retailers and restaurants in Cromwell Business Park include Starbucks Coffee, WildFlower Stem + Sundry, Royal Farms, 7-Eleven, Subway, Los Portales, and Aviation Deli & Grill.

“Restaurants always seem to perform as mini-anchors in our business communities, with their ability to consistently attract traffic,” explained Bill Holzman, Vice President of Retail Leasing for St. John Properties. “We are excited to add these four compelling fast casual food concepts, all offering high-quality and made-to-order meals. In addition to serving the large surrounding daytime employee base, these restaurants will also appeal to the grab-and-go lifestyle of residents living in communities adjacent to Cromwell Business Park.”

Founded in 1971, St. John Properties, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest and most successful privately held commercial real estate firms. The company is distinguished by its commitment to customer service, achievements in green building, and top-rated workplace culture. Throughout St. John Properties’ 53-year history, the company has developed more than 24 million square feet of flex/R&D, office, retail, and warehouse space, and has investments in over 3,000 residential units. The company proudly serves more than 2,600 clients in Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Utah, and Wisconsin. For more information about the company, visit www.sjpi.com.