Listen up Chipotle-lovers. If the E.coli virus didn’t have you walking the other way, maybe the Mexical grill’s latest announcement will stop you dead in your tracks. Chipotle’s CEO, Steve Ells, announced Friday morning (Jan. 15) that the burrito supplier will shut down every one of its stores on Feb. 8.
The new plan of action is following an open letter from the corporate offices, highlighting Chipotle’s culpability in the latest health outbreaks as well as detailing a plan of action moving forward. But since the open letter’s release earlier this year, Chipotle has reportedly continued to endure issues in terms of health concerns and sales. The Mexican chain has lost 11 percent in sales due to the outbreak across nine states.
So it looks like the only other option would be to shut everything down. To many of its customer’s dismay, the statement shared that the day of rest will be a strategic meeting between all of its employees to discuss how to safeguard against food safety issues.
This probably won’t be that much of an inconvenience to the many people who have decided to stay away since the outbreak, but the good news is that Chipotle might be making a come back pretty soon.