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Chipotle to temporarily close all stores next month

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LOUISVILLE Ky, (WDRB) -- Chipotle plans to close all of its stores for a few hours next month to host a company-wide meeting.

Leaders say the company will discuss food safety with all of it employees after the chain was tasked with dealing with food poisoning outbreaks last year.

Chris Arnold, a spokesman for Chipotle, told the Oregonian the meeting is expected to take place on Feb. 8 and that a wide-range of topics are going to be covered in the meeting.

"We want to thank our teams for all their hard work, to discuss some of the changes we are making to enhance food safety, to talk about the restaurants role in all of that and to answer some questions from employees," Arnold said in an email to the paper.

The company announced Wednesday it will launch a marketing campaign in February to kick off its road to recovery after the food scares. Sales plunged 30 percent in December from the food poisoning outbreaks.

First, an E. coli outbreak came to light at the end of October, with additional cases being reported over the next several weeks. Then, in what Chipotle says was an unrelated case, a norovirus sickened dozens at a Chipotle in Boston.

Last week, the company said it was subpoenaed by federal authorities as part of a criminal investigation tied to a different norovirus outbreak in California over the summer. Lawsuits have also been filed on behalf of customers sickened after eating at the chain.

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