CLOSED: Every Baja Fresh in the Valley After Today

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Finish off that Burrito Ultimo® and take one long, last look at that salsa bar, folks. Baja Fresh is closing up shop in the Valley.

See also:
- CLOSED: Poblano in Central Phoenix
- CLOSED: Cafe Posada in Gilbert

Today is the last day of operation for all five Valley locations of the quick-casual Mexican chain. Locations in cities outside the Valley, including Prescott, will remain open.

While employees or managers at each of the five locations (downtown, Camelback, ASU, Tempe South, and Chandler) confirmed that their stores were closing today, all were unsure or would not comment as to what led to the shuttering.

A call to Jerry DeLucia, the director of marketing at Baja Fresh, has not yet been returned.

A source tells me some of the Baja Fresh locations will be replaced by America's Taco Shop, the counter-service Mexican eatery founded in 2008 by America Corrales and husband Terry Bortin. Last month, three America's Taco Shops (there are six in the Valley) were raided by Maricopa County sheriff's deputies.

Baja Fresh was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Irvine, California. Baja Fresh operates or franchises over 250 restaurants in 26 states as well as Dubai and Singapore. In 2002, Wendy's purchased Baja Fresh then sold the chain to a private investor group in 2006.

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senorboogiewoogie
senorboogiewoogie

I am not from Arizona but I cannot help but ask why there are fast food corporate Mexican restaurants there? Hell, I would think in any city in Arizona would be some wonderful locally made Mexican food...BECAUSE IT IS ARIZONA!!!! Mexican food in Arizona is like lobster in Maine or steak in Nebraska. Imagine being in Portland, Maine and going to Red Lobster for lobster.

I can see Taco Bell, Del Taco or El Pollo Loco for drunken fast food at 3 AM coming back from the bars, but if someone wants a Mexican lunch...again..IN ARIZONA...why go to a Baja Fresh? Lunacy.

Rabbi_Pedro_Goldstein
Rabbi_Pedro_Goldstein

I stopped going there after watching Undercover Boss and realized the president was a batshit crazy christian  gook 

jliven23
jliven23

I've always enjoyed the food at Baja Fresh, but I'll survive. America's has definitely changed over the years. Much more of a corporate feel than when I used to call for special party orders.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

Not really bummed about this. The food was not bad, for americanized mexican, which is not at all like actual mexican food, however they clearly thought is was more than that from their prices


danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

well that sucks. for a fast food chain, they were pretty good. i enjoyed their food

robert_graham
robert_graham

Good as there are too many Mexican restaurants here.

Madeline Morrill
Madeline Morrill

Bad health ratings - bad management. Why run a restaurant if you don't care about presenting a good product?

MexFoodLover
MexFoodLover

Weren't most if not all of the Baja Fresh's in town owned by 1 guy? It's a franchise, no? So he probably just closed up shop. 

Hey, anyone know why the America's in Old Town has been closed? That one wasn't raided, but the raided ones have re-opened. Strange...

MexFoodLover
MexFoodLover

Weren't most if not all of the Baja Fresh's in town owned by 1 guy? It's a franchise, no? So he probably just closed up shop. 

Hey, anyone know why the America's in Old Town has been closed? That one wasn't raided, but the raided ones have re-opened. Strange...

Melissa Yoder
Melissa Yoder

Prob because they charge like $8 for a quesadilla when you can get a better one at Filibertos for $5.

Hr Hamada
Hr Hamada

America's Taco shop can't take over all those locations. There aren't enough undocumented workers to exploit

Hr Hamada
Hr Hamada

so they can exploit more workers

Denise Ungerman
Denise Ungerman

They've been closing here in Philly, too - best place to get Tex-Mex in this area!

Deepfrydevil
Deepfrydevil

Raided??  Kinda just passed right over that.. for what? what became of the raid?  I understand that you have no response to the question, 'Why?" (did it close), but that is the important part of the story- I would love to hear why these places close- it seems no one ever returns THAT call- I hope we could get some follow up on why seamingly good places close up.

Daniel Riley
Daniel Riley

If America's Taco Shop really takes over those locations, I'm about to get really fat. There's a Baja Fresh just down the street.

Andres Hernandez
Andres Hernandez

good place sux hopefully chuys will reopen in they're place... or a rubios, ;)

Eric W. N. Mulenfeld
Eric W. N. Mulenfeld

8), aww man, i can't say im too familiar with gilbert, we have authentic mexican food downtown anyway thats better than the chains, the bright side of bein in gilbert is your closer to haji-babas which is like delicious middle eastern food, i'll trade you for a good thai place lol

Edward Anthony Green
Edward Anthony Green

I agree with ya Eric, I just wish we had a decent Taco Shack with a 'Legal" crew here in Gilbert.....I'm always stuck making the dinners for my family, and it would be awesome to find a real traditional Mexican restaurant, we have Burrito Shack, but their Taco's SUCK! ....oh well.

Rajveer Singh
Rajveer Singh

Anybody around PV Mall area inbox me.. i won't be able to use my gift cards i have today and will give it to anybody.. inbox me and i'm going to be at PV mall around 5.. it's 2 with $50 each..

Eric W. N. Mulenfeld
Eric W. N. Mulenfeld

whatever bro, Americas taco shop is also shit, and they definitely had illegals at that place lol so i mean i could point out that someone undercutting the market with cheap labor is sort of crummy. plus the baja fresh by my place is right by the ONLY light rail stop without a drinkin fountain so i used to go in and get free chips and a water cup. As far as unclean food establishments go i think it depends on the place, but as a rule the places that fail health inspections regularly are chinese buffets and restaurants because theyre family owned and run as cheap as possible. I don't feel as bad about baja fresh leaving now that i read they got bought by wendys, but still i used to have fun in that place.. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=225741870777549&set=pb.100000252147543.-2207520000.1365804196&type=3&theater

Pahtrisha
Pahtrisha

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Rajveer Singh
Rajveer Singh

and i have $100 in 2 baja fresh gift cards .. well o well

Edward Anthony Green
Edward Anthony Green

Eric the food there was SHIT!!!!...as for Filiberto, those fools have more citations for uncleanliness, and contamination than 95% of the restaurants in the Valley!!!! FAIL!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  

Too many assholes here as well

So when are you moving? Need help packing?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  the food was mexican, the owner and founder were not dumbass. take your racial hatred somewhere else.  i pity you, you are so busy wallowing in your racial hatred that you are missing out on many culinary treats. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@MexFoodLover  go to the show "undercover boss" and look up the episode they did with the guy who owns them. i would have to rewatch it, but i think it was just him and then he had his family working for him.......good episode, good food

DryHeat
DryHeat

@Deepfrydevil

Perhaps the fines levied by Big Brother for employing workers with no SS#s are too much to keep the places afloat?


hotchman1
hotchman1

@Deepfrydevil I believe the writer was referring to stupid crap that the Sheriffs did to America's not Baja.

dreeves37
dreeves37

@danzigsdaddy @JoeArpaioFan just because he said he thought there are too many mexican restaurants here doesnt mean he has racial hatred toward mexicans. your comment seemed much more hateful than his comment. just because someone has a different opinion than you doesnt mean you should just attack them and call them a bigot when your doing  the same exact thing.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@dreeves37 sorry you see it that way. I have dealt with JAF on many different sites and DO know him to be a hate spewer. check his profile for other comments and things he's posted. he is on the NT quite often and usually spouting hate and throwing out threats. read his comments and you decide

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