Your Chipotle favorites could cost a few pennies more as the company increases their menu prices.
The Mexican Grill announced last month that it would increase employees’ hourly wages to an average of $ 15 an hour. So customers will now have to pay part of that bill, with menu prices rising by about 3.5 to 4 percent, a Chipotle spokesperson told McClatchy News.
“We believe everyone in the restaurant industry is going to have to pass these costs on to the customer,” Chipotle CEO Jack Hartung said during a quarterly earnings call in April, according to Business Insider. “We think we’re in a much better position to do this than other companies.”
The starting salary for hourly employees and restaurant employees, new and existing, will range from $ 11 to $ 18 per hour.
In addition, the chain is introducing a referral bonus for employees of $ 200, and workers who move up through the ranks to a general manager position can earn an average salary of $ 100,000 in just three and a half years.
The new menu prices, the company said, will help offset the cost of the salary increases.
News of the change has received mixed reactions among Chipotle enthusiasts online.
“I do not know what will go bankrupt me faster… the cost of gasoline or those new Chipotle prices, ”one Twitter user wrote.
“This is pure greed”Wrote another. “Companies like Chipotle are making millions upon millions of profits, but taking care of their workers at the expense of their profit margin is just too much for them. Many, MANY companies pay a good living wage without raising prices. It can be done. “
Chipotle isn’t the only brand to offer a higher salary as part of its latest hiring campaign. Costco, Walmart and McDonald’s have also promised employees a pay hike, according to Fox Business.
The price hike also comes as industries across the economic spectrum grapple with supply and labor issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Starbucks patrons say they’re missing menu favorites due to a shortage of ingredients, and a New Orleans strip club is offering a $ 1,000 bonus in hopes of bringing back the dancers aliens at work, reported McClatchy News.
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