Chipotle to Close All Stores for a Day

Company will hold all-staff food safety meeting Feb. 8
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2016 11:57 AM CST
Chipotle to Close All Stores for a Day
A Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant is pictured in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Your Chipotle craving—if you still get those—may have to go unsatisfied on Feb. 8: The chain is closing all of its nearly 1,900 restaurants across the country for a few hours to hold an all-staff food safety meeting. A company rep tells the Chicago Tribune that the meeting will focus on "the changes we are making to enhance food safety" in light of recent foodborne-illness outbreaks, which have caused Chipotle's sales to fall 30% and spawned at least nine lawsuits. If you weren't planning a visit anyway, take note: The company is also planning a new marketing campaign in February in the hope of winning back lost customers, per CNN. (More Chipotle stories.)

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