Chipotle to raise menu prices after making commitment to pay employees more

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(WJW) — Chipotle fans will soon need to pay more to get that beloved burrito fix, the fast-food chain announced on Tuesday.

Following a pay increase announcement last month, touting an average of $15 per hour for employees by the end of June, the company now plans to raise menu prices across the board by 3.5 percent to 4 percent.

“We really prefer not to take pricing,” said CEO Brian R. Niccol during the Baird Global Consumer, Technology & Services Conference. “But it made sense in this scenario to invest in our employees and get these restaurants staffed and make sure that we have the pipeline of people to support our growth. And then with that, we’ve taken some pricing to cover some of that investment.”

Restaurants across the country have struggled to find workers as pandemic health measures have lifted. And Chipotle is far from the only business touting higher wages in order to entice workers.

The company also said it plans to hire 20,000 new employees.

Niccol reportedly made $38 million in 2020.

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