WILMINGTON, MA — Chili’s, located at 207 Main Street in the Wilmington Crossing plaza, has announced it will be closing.
After seven years in town, the restaurant will close its doors on Wednesday, August 2. Staff was notified of the closing on Saturday, July 22. The news spread quickly to customers and found its way on social media within hours of the announcement.
The chain restaurant, which opened in 2010, was home to one of the few bars in town. While the restaurant had its detractors, Chili’s had a loyal following and was a strong community partner, assisting dozens of local non-profit organizations with fundraisers.
It is believed the Wilmington closure is not a sign that other locations will be closing. Chili’s currently has 22 locations in Massachusetts, including in nearby Andover, Burlington, Lowell, and Reading. Wilmington Apple has contacted Brinker International, Chili’s owners, for comment.
It is much too early to tell what will replace Chili’s. Interestingly, Chili’s was not the original tenant for its Wilmington Crossings location. Ruby Tuesday had been in serious talks for the space.
For those who will miss Chili’s menu, a new (more authentic) Mexican restaurant — “Pancho’s Cantina” — is scheduled to open across town at 206 Ballardvale Street, next to Target, later this year. Learn more about that project HERE.
UPDATE (7/5): In response to an inquiry by Wilmington Apple about the closing, a Chili’s Grill & Bar spokesperson said:
“We constantly review the performance of our restaurants and from time to time will make the tough decision to close a location based on evaluative criteria. We are very grateful to our Team Members and the loyal guests of Wilmington who visited this restaurant over the past couple years.”
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