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Drive-Thrus? Franchising? It’s All on Chipotle’s Table Now

An employee wraps a burrito for an order at a Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. restaurant in Tempe, Arizona.

An employee wraps a burrito for an order at a Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. restaurant in Tempe, Arizona.

Photographer: Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.’s new chief executive officer says pretty much everything’s on the table to turn around the beleaguered chain.

The company will consider franchising and opening drive-thru restaurants, according to CEO Brian Niccol -- things that founder and Chairman Steve Ells hasn’t embraced in the past. It could be a big culture shock for the burrito seller, which also will rely on new foods and testing to bring back customers.