Industry analysts, including Penney, have for months said the company should stop opening new restaurant locations to focus on the business already in place. They’ve also said Chipotle should hire more employees to relieve pressure on existing staff, which has been under duress and has had to deal with an increase in responsibilities since the food-safety issues arose.

Short-term, at least, Chipotle’s choice appears to have paid off: stock shot up when the news broke.

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