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Chipotle Basking Ridge Will Close Part of Monday, Feb. 8, Along With Chain

Credits: Wally Pardo

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Chipotle Mexican Grill's Basking Ridge location is expecting to delay its opening until 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8, to participate in a nationwide meeting of the chain's employees that day to discuss recent food safety changes.

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced on its Facebook page at the end of last week: “We are having a national employee meeting on Monday, February 8 to thank everybody for their hard work through this difficult time, discuss recent food safety changes, and talk about additional steps we’re taking for the future."

A Chipotle employee at the 25 Mountainview Blvd., Basking Ridge location told TAP into Basking Ridge that the restaurant anticipates reopening at 4 p.m. on Feb. 8.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (Chipotle) operates Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants with over 2,000 restaurants. Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants serve a menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads.

The company has recently been dealing with a series of E. Coli outbreaks in Seatle, Kansas, Oklahoma, California and Massachusetts.

More than 500 people are estimated to have become ill after eating in Chipotle restaurants in the second half of 2015.

The Chipotle restaurant in Basking Ridge opened in the middle of last year.

Chipotle will close all of its 2,000 stores on Feb. 8 to hold company-wide meeting on food safety, CEO Steve Ells announced this week. The popular Mexican food chain will implement a revised food safety plan after the company's top executives met with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the health scare.

The quick service restaurant chain's stock price, which peaked at 757.77 on August 5, 2015, has plummeted in recent months following the E. coli outbreaks in nine states during October and November, and the outbreak of norovirus at a Massachusetts location more recently.

Click Here for a letter from Chipotle Founder, Chairman & Co-CEO Steve Ells.

_ Information from John Mooney is included in this article.

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