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Trending this week: Chipotle Mexican Grill launches Chipotle Goods swag line and more on Dunkin’ closing up to 1,150 restaurants

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This week on Nation's Restaurant News, Shake Shack plans to add the company’s first ever restaurant with a drive-thru as part of a strategy to diversify the format of its stores. The new drive-thru restaurant, planned next year, could have at least three lanes dedicated for mobile pick-up orders, as well as in-person drive-thru ordering like a traditional fast-food chain. 

Chipotle Mexican Grill launched Chipotle Goods swag line with some merchandise dyed with upcycled avocado pits. The three pieces, a T-shirt, a sweater and tote bag, are part of a new line of swag the Newport Beach, Calif.-based company debuted on Tuesday, Aug. 4. The natural dye items range in price from $20 to $45. The rest of the collection includes organic cotton apparel, merchandise and accessories. Each item comes with a Chipotle-style twist.

Dunkin’ announced it would close up to 1,150 underperforming restaurants in 2020. Chief financial officer Kate Jaspon said most of the locations they were considering closing were unprofitable for franchisees, with average weekly sales about 25% of the nationwide average.

“We believe these closures position us and our franchisees for on-strategy, more profitable future growth,” she said.

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