Operations

Chipotle goes big with small towns

As the fast-casual chain plots to more than double its size, it's the units in smaller markets that are breaking opening sales records.
This new unit in El Centro, Calif., is an example of Chipotle's move into smaller "bridge" cities. / Photographs courtesy of CP Partners Commercial Real Estate

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The eatertainment business shows signs of wear

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This is why the restaurant business is in a value war right now

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Saladworks-parent WOWorks is shopping for new brands to buy

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