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January 15, 2016

Chipotle to temporarily close nationwide on Feb. 8 for food safety meeting

Chipotle is planning to lure back customers in February with a new marketing campaign

Chipotle will temporarily close its nationwide locations on Feb. 8 to hold staff meetings about food safety, CNN reports.

The restaurant chain has been working to recover following a bout of foodborne illness outbreaks and subsequent lawsuits and sales dips.

The Feb. 8 meeting, during which Chipotle will halt its U.S. restaurant operations for “a few hours,” is the latest move in that effort.

The company also plans to lure back customers with a new marketing campaign in February, CNN said.

Chipotle CEO Steve Ells told CNN earlier this week that he was "hopeful" the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would soon declare that the outbreaks are over. 

Ells added that the company plans to provide its quarterly financial results on Feb. 2.

According to CNN, Chipotle has more than 1,900 restaurants, including 17 outside the U.S.

Read the full CNN report here.

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