Chipotle Union

A Chipotle sign hangs outside the chain restaurant in Pittsburgh on Feb. 8, 2016. 

Chipotle is closing a Maine store that had been leading efforts to unionize the chain.

Employees at the Augusta, Maine, Chipotle filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board in June asking to hold a union election at the store. It was the first of the Mexican food chain's stores to file such a petition, according to NLRB filings.

The NLRB had scheduled a hearing Tuesday on Chipotle’s objections to the union election. But early Tuesday, Chipotle announced it was permanently closing the store.

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