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Wichita Chipotle shutdowns aim to train employees, reassure public

Chipotle will close all 2,000 of its stores for a few hours on Feb. 8. All six Wichita-area restaurants are included.
Chipotle will close all 2,000 of its stores for a few hours on Feb. 8. All six Wichita-area restaurants are included. AP

Just three weeks from today, in cities all across the country, Chipotle fans will be cut off – at least for a few hours.

As was reported late last week, the burrito chain will keep all 2,000 of its stores closed over the lunch hours on Monday, Feb. 8 and will reopen at 3 p.m. The closure includes all six Wichita-area Chipotles, said Robin Zimmerman, a spokeswoman for the chain.

“We are hosting a national team meeting on Monday, Feb. 8 to thank our employees for their hard work through this difficult time, discuss some of the food safety changes we are implementing, and answer questions from employees,” read the official statement from the Chipotle communications team. “All U.S. restaurants will be closed for lunch and will re-open at 3 p.m. in each time zone.”

The closures come in response to recent food scares, in which hundreds of people across the country became sick after eating at Chipotle during the past several months. Customers who ate at restaurants in Washington, Oregon, California, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Maryland were affected.

 

A friend just broke the shocking news about all Chipotle stores closing for a few hours on Feb 8th. What will I do...

Posted by Dani M. Gordon Stone on Friday, January 15, 2016

Not all burrito enthusiasts are taking the news about the closures well. Please see the Facebook post from Wichita writer/comedienne/Chipotle devotee Dani Stone, who joked she’d wait outside Chipotle, staring in the window and fogging it up, until it reopened.

What do you think about the closures? Have recent health scares kept you away from Chipotle lately? If so, will this national training day make you feel safer? Let me know what you think on my Facebook post on Dining with Denise.

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