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Is Chipotle a Franchise?

By June 18, 2010

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Is Chipotle a Franchise? I get this question often and the answer is... No. All of Chipotle's restaurants are company-owned. There are over 900 Chipotle restaurants in the US and Canada. Chipotle opened their first European restaurant last month in London. Chipotle restaurant is known for its large burritos and use of natural ingredients. The company has released a mission statement called Food with Integrity, which highlights its efforts in using organic ingredients, and serves more naturally raised meat than any other restaurant.

From 1998 to 2006, McDonald's Corporation owned a majority interest in Chipotle but they still do not franchise and currently do not offer any Chipotle franchises. All of Chipotle's 900+ restaurants are company-owned, rather than franchised.

Comments
June 19, 2010 at 6:54 pm
(1) Markkys says:

Before you buy any franchise, make sure you understand the laws. Todays laws do not protect the franchisee, from the largest publicly traded companies to the small mom and pop franchisees, once you sign the adhesionary contract you most likely will be left with nothing. A good site to read about this is http://www.thetdlgroupltd.com and it is about Tim Hortons and how the company churns stores, promissory notes, non profitabilty of stores. Good faith and hard working poeple are the ones they prey on, trust in thinking that someone won’t take your money.

June 22, 2010 at 9:08 pm
(2) Derleit says:

I thought that was a Chipotle franchise.

Thank you.

August 10, 2010 at 10:28 am
(3) Glemm says:

I had thought that Chiptole had 8 franchises…although they are apparently not soliciting any new applications at this time.

April 5, 2011 at 12:49 am
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April 7, 2011 at 6:54 am
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August 1, 2012 at 6:00 am
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