Chipotle moving corporate headquarters to Orange County

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- Chipotle is moving its headquarters to California, bringing new jobs to Newport Beach.

The burrito chain announced Wednesday it is closing its Denver and New York offices.

Over the next six months, operations will switch to California or be taken over by the existing office in Ohio.

The move is expected to affect about 400 jobs currently in Denver and New York.

Company CEO Brian Niccol says the move will help drive growth and allow the company to compete for top talent.

Chipotle has been working to rebuild its reputation after a series of food safety scares.

Company founder and former CEO Steve Ells opened the first Chipotle in Denver in 1993 and the chain now has more than 2,400 restaurants.
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