Chipotle, Subway Scaring Away Diners, Investors, Franchisees

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“Sicko”-De-Mayo turns ugly at Chipotle

| “I am still sick and vomiting. Probably going to the ER.” – Chipotle customer, N. Ridgeville, OH, May 5 2019

| CNN Business – Chipotle hasn’t put its past health problems behind it. [The crowdsourced food safety site has post of 81 Persons Reported Sick Last 7 Days at Chipotle Mexican Grill. – Ed.] 

The company revealed in an SEC filing on Thursday that it received a new subpoena from US federal prosecutors on April 18 requesting information related to illnesses traced back to restaurants in California, Virginia, Boston and Los Angeles.

“I got my usual order yesterday 5/5/19 around 2:30 pm and around 4:45ish I was throwing up a lot, (4 times total) at work. I went home and then threw up 2 more times.” – Chipotle customer, Villa Park, IL, 5/6/2019 Source

Information regarding those restaurants was covered in previous subpoenas; the recent request also called for information about an additional restaurant in Ohio.

Shares of the company dropped about 5% Thursday. ‘My co-workers said they were gonna get chipotle’

“It is not possible at this time to determine whether we will incur, or to reasonably estimate the amount of, any fines or penalties in connection with the investigation pursuant to which the subpoenas were issued,” Chipotle (CMG) said in the filing. 700 Suffer Montezuma’s Revenge After Eating Chipotle

The company said in a statement provided to CNN Business: “We have been cooperating and meeting with the government over the last several years and have been providing them with information regarding our food safety standards, which we believe leads the food service industry.” Read more. 

“Went to chipotle. got a chicken burrito. About 6 hours later became extremely nauseous and began vomiting. I am still sick and vomiting. Probably going to the ER … ” – Chipotle customer, North Ridgeville, Ohio, 5/5/2019 Source

Subway closed more than 1,000 stores in the United States last year

By Jordan Valinsky, May 2, 2019

Subway is closing restaurants and remodeling stores it plans to keep open.

CNN Business – Subway, the world’s largest fast-food chain, is struggling to adapt to more health-conscious, tech-savvy customers.

“Ate a foot long of the bacon, egg, and cheese with lettuce, tomato, spinach, cucumbers, and green peppers. After about 6 hours, I started to feel nauseated. Diarrhea occurred for two days straight so far with a fever. Diagnosed as salmonella food poisoning.” – Subway customer, Detroit, MI, 5/5/2019 Source. 

So it’s rapidly downsizing.  [ has posts of 81 Persons Reported Sick Last 7 Days at Chipotle Mexican Grill. – Ed.]

Subway closed more than 1,000 restaurants in the United States last year — way more than it originally planned. Why No One Goes To Subway Anymore

The company’s net closures include new Subway stores that it opened last year, which means the number of closed Subways is even larger than the company is letting on.

The privately held company confirmed the number of net closures to CNN Business, but did not disclose the number of openings.

“I ate meatball sandwich and I threw up.” – Subway customer, Millbrook, AL, 5/1/2019 Source.

The closures were earlier reported by the New York Post. So Long, Footlong | More Subways Closing

Subway started its restaurant purge in full force in 2016, when it had more US closures than openings for the first time in its history. It said it plans to keep closing restaurants as it tries to become more profitable.

“Our main goals are to drive guest traffic and grow franchise owner profits. Everything we do has to achieve these goals,” a Subway spokesperson said in a statement … Read more.