Chilis Exterior Renderings
The new Chili's Bar & Grill coming to Maricopa will cover more than 5,100 square feet and feature a new exterior design concept. Projections call for a November opening. [Chili's graphic]

The Chili’s Bar & Grill slated for the northeast corner of Stonegate Road and Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway will be significantly larger than expected.

According to a project narrative submitted to the City of Maricopa by owner Brinker International, the Chili’s at the Wells will cover 5,177 square feet – 2,000 square feet more than initially reported.

The sit-down restaurant will employ about 13-15 workers on each of two daily shifts, including managers. It will open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Chili’s will be located in The Wells shopping center, just west of Jiffy Lube. The property is graded and shovel-ready for construction as soon as plans and elevations are approved by the city. A preliminary site plans calls for 112 parking spaces, plus five handicapped spots and six spaces dedicated for to-go orders.

Chuck Wells, senior vice president at Kidder Mathews retail real estate brokerage in Phoenix, which is working on the deal, said at the December announcement of the project that a November 2022 opening was his best guess. Construction is expected to take about six months so that target still is within reach.

Founded in 1975, Chill’s is owned by Brinker International, which owns, operates or franchises more than 1,600 restaurants in 28 countries.