Chipotle announced Tuesday it has signed an agreement with Kuwait-based Alshaya Group, its first-ever franchise partner, to open locations in the Middle East next year.
Chipotle currently has just over 50 locations in Canada and Europe. All are company owned and operated, as are its roughly 3,200 U.S. locations. The Alshaya agreement marks the first time Chipotle has enlisted a local franchise retail operator as it moves into a new market.
Source : CNBC