John Pepper who helped found Boloco in 1997 has returned two years after leaving the company

John Pepper, who helped found Boloco in 1997, has returned two years after leaving the company.

Boloco shifts focus from growth to stability

After returning to struggling chain this summer, founder John Pepper starts closing units and cutting costs

Two years after leaving the company he founded after a major investment deal collapsed, John Pepper is back with Boloco, but this time he’s trying to keep the Boston-based burrito chain afloat.

The 17-unit concept closed a pair of locations in recent weeks, and other closures could come as the entrepreneur, who two years ago had plans to double in size, now just hopes to build a profitable business.

“We’re not a growth story, anymore,” Pepper said in an interview with

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