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How a Burrito Chain Chipotle Mexican Grill Built Its Empire

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Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) - Get Free Report  is scheduled to report second-quarter earnings after the bell Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

Chipotle is among the "Big Five" (a self-coined term) - consisting of McDonald's (MCD) - Get Free Report , Yum Brands YUM, Darden Restaurants (DRI) - Get Free Report , Domino's Pizza (DPZ) - Get Free Report , and - of course - Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Ever wonder how Chipotle got its start?

It all began with a line cook's idea.  53-year-old Steve Ells opened his first Chipotle Mexican Grill in 1993. The rest, as they say, is history. 

As of June 30, 2019, the chain has flourished to approximately 2,500 locations and more than 80,000 employees.

Watch the video for a look back at its 26 year history.

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Editor's note: this story has been updated to reflect the new employment numbers.

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