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More Details on Boloco Withdrawal

See why the regional burrito chain chose to withdraw from its plans for Waltham.

Boloco, the regional burrito chain that had planned to open a store in Waltham, was forced to withdraw its plans after the site's owner opted out of the plans in the wake of many delays, according to e-mails to Boloco CEO John Pepper. 

The development comes in the wake of the burrito chain announcing it was abandoning plans for a Waltham location.

Duffy Properties, which owns the 475 Winter St. site where Boloco would have located, said they could not afford any more delays at the city government's request, according to the emails. 

"What a shame for any small (or large) business (or any individual, on that note) to endure such incredible bureaucracy (nearly 2 years since we signed our Letter of Intent) at such incredible cost (still tallying, but close to $100,000).  A first for us in our nearly 16 years of business," Pepper wrote in an emails to Mayor Jeanette McCarthy and several city councilors. 

Cancellation of the plans comes after the city's Rules & Ordinance Committee, which was reviewing the chain's request for a special fast food permit, asked for more time to consider a decision. All fast food restuarants looking to open in Waltham must obtain a special permit from the City Council before opening. 

The withdrawal request came more than a year after the burrito chain announced its plans for Waltham.

City Councilor Edmund Tarallo, who chairs the Rules & Ordiannce Committee, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Despite the withdrawal, Pepper told Waltham Patch that McCarthy reached out to him to try to resolve the issue. In his note to city officials, Pepper hailed Councilors Robert Logan, George Darcy and Daniel Romard for their attempts to resolve the issues.

"I'm sorry it didn't work out ... Perhaps we'll try again some day :)," Pepper wrote. 

 


Alice H November 22, 2012 at 03:02 PM
These issues and delays are not the mayor's fault or responsibility. The city council and the committees of the council are responsible for the hearings and permits. They drag their feet on these permits, much to the detriment of responsible businesses like Duffy Properties and Boloco.
Alice H November 22, 2012 at 03:03 PM
She can give the council all the earfuls in the world, and they won't listen.
Joseph G. Paquette November 22, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Alice H and the other concerned citizens of Waltham who have responded with comments on all of the articles for this immediate issue and other failures with new business coming into Waltham in the last 6 months to a year... I am ready to give of my time to drive CITIZEN PRESSURE for us to become more involved and not to continue losing the potential of new business and the accompanying jobs. WILL YOU JOIN ME WITH ACTION THAT IS CLEARLY NEEDED?
Joseph G. Paquette November 23, 2012 at 11:55 PM
A FULL 28 Hours later and not a single response to support committed citizen involvement ... so sad and alarming!!
Joseph G. Paquette November 25, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Sunday, November 25, 2012, (9:30 AM) ....Reaching out to neighbors for what is SAID to be a NEED for ACTION ... but not a single second voice has been raised in that ACTION OF RESPONSE!

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