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Chipotle to open in former Moe's location in Newton Plaza
Taco Bell on U.S. 278 being remodeled; national magazine spotlights downtown Covington bakery
Chipotle will fill the former Moe's location in Newton Plaza shopping center on U.S. Highway. 278 in Covington. (Special | Halpern Enterprises)

COVINGTON, Ga. — Chipotle has signed a 10-year lease to fill the former Moe's location at Newton Plaza shopping center.

The fast-casual Mexican food chain will build out the 2,400-square-foot building located on an outparcel of the shopping center. It is targeted to open this summer, said officials with shopping center owner Halpern Enterprises Inc.

The building has been vacant since Moe’s closed in May 2020.

“We’re happy to bring another sought-after restaurant to the city of Covington,” said Halpern Leasing Director John Brozovic. “Chipotle contributes to Newton Plaza’s appeal as a neighborhood retail destination with a wide variety of shops, restaurants and service providers.”

Newton Plaza is a 269,773-square-foot shopping center at 3106 U.S. Hwy. 278 NW in Covington. 

Built by Halpern in 1974, Newton Plaza is anchored by Kroger, Big Lots, Bealls and others. It also has 40 restaurant, retail and service tenants, including national brands Planet Fitness and Goodwill.

Chipotle joins Starbuck's as new, nationally known food service chains which to open at the shopping center this summer.

Sandy Springs-based Halpern Enterprises also owns Covington Corners shopping center, which is adjacent to Newton Plaza. It owns and operates more than 50 properties, totaling more than 3.7 million square feet, in five southeastern states.

In other local restaurant news, Taco Bell restaurant at 6151 U.S. Hwy. 278 is closed for remodeling but is set to be reopened this summer. A reopening date will be announced "at a later time," according to a spokesperson for Taco Bell. 

Also, Bread and Butter Bakery on the Covington Square was listed among "The South's Best Bakeries 2021" by Southern Living magazine as part of a feature called "The South's Best" at

Writer Patricia S. York singled out Bread and Butter's sausage, egg, and cheese stuffed rolls and turkey cranberry sandwich as menu items for readers to try when they were in Covington.