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Here's what's likely behind Chipotle's decision to leave Denver

Ed Sealover
American City Business Journals
Here's what's likely behind Chipotle's decision to leave Denver

Twenty-five years after its founding near the University of Denver and just six months after announcing it had signed a lease to consolidate its disparate Denver corporate employees in a headquarters in a new downtown skyscraper, Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) is leaving its hometown to locate near the home of its new CEO. On Wednesday, America’s 14th-largest quick-service restaurant chain — and the eatery that’s been given credit for making Denver a national incubator of fast-casual concepts — announced it would clear all of its corporate employees out of Colorado in the next six months, moving them to its new headquarters in Newport Beach, California and to an existing office in Columbus, Ohio. The company similarly will be shutting down its office in New York.