Taco Bell is coming to Aberdeen: Here’s everything you need to know

July 24, 2020

American fast food chain Taco Bell has its sights set on a Granite City opening.

 
The Mexican-inspired eatery will open its 57-seater restaurant to the masses on Saturday August 15.

Based on Union Street in the former Clarks shoe store, it will be open for both dine-in or takeaway, and will also boast a home delivery option and a click and collect service.

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The Aberdeen venue is the fifth Taco Bell to open in Scotland and the 47th in the UK.

Lucy Dee, marketing lead at Taco Bell UK, said: “We’re really excited to be opening a fifth Taco Bell in Scotland.

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“We’ve had our eye on a potential restaurant in Aberdeen for a while, and we know we’ve got plenty of fans in the area who we’re looking forward to welcoming through our doors.”

Raja Adil, CEO of The Adil Group which owns the franchise, added: “We’re delighted to be opening the first Taco Bell in Aberdeen, especially in such a great location.

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“The Adil Group are always looking to grow and develop nationwide and we’re excited to be able to bring the brand to the fans of Aberdeen.”

The eatery is best known for its tacos, and also serves up burritos, quesadillas and more.

By Julia Bryce

Source: Pressand Journal

Taco Bell plans to open first East Yorkshire branch in Hull

August 31, 2019

Taco Bell is set to open in Hull in what will be the American chain’s first branch in East Yorkshire.

A planning application has been submitted and the chain is already advertising to potential employees at the new store.

 
The restaurant will be situated next to an existing Burger King near the city’s St Andrew’s Quay, with building work being done on new storage space and the chain also taking over a section of the space currently operated by Burger King.

The application will be considered by Hull City Council in September, with an expected open date not yet made available.

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In the job advert, the company speaks of an opportunity for determined, dynamic and hardworking individuals to help lead its brand in at the new Hull restaurant.

It says: “Famous for our great values and culture we are now looking for managerial talent to help spearhead our expansion in the Yorkshire market.

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“We are looking for a confident, enthusiastic individual who enjoys working at fast pace, delivering fantastic customer service and hospitality to our fans in Hull.

“Taco Bell has nearly 6,000 restaurants worldwide and one of the fastest expanding restaurant chains in the UK.

“We offer outstanding opportunities for individuals who want to build a career with a major franchise in the UK.

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“Working at Taco Bell isn’t just another job in fast-food, we put people first and is run by people who know and love the brand, the restaurant business and passionate about delivering a great customer experience.”

By PATRICK CREMONA

Source: Food Service Equipment Journal

American chain Taco Bell wants to come to Cardiff

August 21, 2019

American fast food giant Taco Bell is set to come to Cardiff .

The Tex-Mex franchise has applied to for a licence to open a site on St Mary Street in the capital.

 
The largest chain of its kind in the world is hugely popular in the US and this would be the only branch in Wales.

The firm that owns Taco Bell, Yum Brands, also owns Pizza Hut and KFC. But Taco Bell is consistently the best performer in terms of sales. The firm’s revenue for the second quarter of 2019 was $1.31 billion.

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A licensing application has been made on behalf of Taco Bell for the former Wok & Go on one of the busiest streets in the city centre.

Some of the chain’s most popular choices on their menu include the Crunchwrap Supreme, a tortilla stuffed with chicken, beef or beans served in a shell, and the Big Bell box which combines a burrito, taco, nachos and churros all in one box.

They also offer a quesadilla stuffed with three different variety of cheese, a spicy “volcano burrito” and fries smothered in nacho-cheese sauce, beef, sour cream and salsa.

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The chain was founded in 1962 and there are now more than 7,500 restaurants across the world.

In January industry publication Food Service Equipment Journal reported that Taco Bell were targeting 200 UK stores within the next five years.

The application was made in the name of Campana Ltd with the postal address of the premises listed as Taco Bell at 92 St Mary Street.

It asks to sell alcohol for consumption on and off the premises seven days a week from 10am until midnight, and the provision of “late night refreshment on Monday to Sunday from 11am until 3am.

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Cardiff Council received the application on August 15 and the consultation period lasts until September 12.

The chain already has a number of restaurants across the UK, including two in London.

Taco Bell UK have been approached for comment.

By Thomas Deacon

Source: Wales Online

Taco Bell is opening in Hull and there are jobs available

July 28, 2019

Taco Bell is coming to Hull.

The American fast food chain is currently advertising for jobs at a new restaurant in Hull, meaning it will be the first Taco Bell in East Yorkshire.

 
Taco Bell serves Mexican-inspired food including burritos, tacos, nachos, fully loaded fries, quesadillas, Mexican rice and more, and it will be opening near St Andrew’s Quay.

The chain is currently advertising for a restaurant manager and assistant manager at the new restaurant planned for Brighton Street, near KFC and the Red Sails pub.

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It is not known when the restaurant will open, but salaries for the roles advertised range from £22,500 to £28,500 per year.

The job advert on Indeed says: “Fantastic opportunity now available for determined / dynamic and hardworking individuals to help lead our brand in our brand new Hull restaurant in Brighton St HU3 4HA.

“Famous for our great values and culture we are now looking for managerial talent to help spearhead our expansion in the Yorkshire market.

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“We are looking for a confident / enthusiastic individual who enjoys working at fast pace, delivering fantastic customer service and hospitality to our fans in Hull.

“Taco Bell has nearly 6,000 restaurants worldwide and one of the fastest expanding restaurant chains in the UK.

“We offer outstanding opportunities for individuals who want to build a career with a major franchise in the UK.

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“Working at Taco Bell isn’t just another job in fast-food, we put people first and is run by people who know and love the brand, the restaurant business and passionate about delivering a great customer experience.”

The nearest Taco Bells to Hull are currently in Cleethorpes, York and Doncaster.

By Hannah Robinson

Source: Hull Daily Mail

Taco Bell targets 200 UK stores within five years

January 22, 2019

Taco Bell could have more than 200 restaurants operating within the next five years if the UK market’s appetite for the brand takes off in the way it expects, its European boss has said.

The Tex-Mex chain presently operates more than 30 stores after a flurry of new openings in the past 12 months, with key franchise partners also investing in building their portfolio.

The arrival of former Nestle man Jorge Torres as general manager of Europe last year has also injected fresh impetus to the brand as it seeks to grow its UK footprint.

With Taco Bell rolling out a string of London restaurants and eyeing new locations right the way across the UK, there is a genuine feel from within the business that it is transitioning from a smaller player within the market to a true multi-site force.

Asked what his longer term ambitions are for the business, Mr Torres told FEJ: “Over the next five years my dream would be to get to 200 restaurants in the UK. I think there is so much potential — the long-term potential of this brand in the UK is several hundred, let’s put it that way.”

Mr Torres believes there is enough capacity and appetite for investment among its existing franchisees to meet the expansion targets it has set.

“There are franchisees that are really excited and capable of continuing expansion. We prefer to work with fewer, bigger franchisees — it is more efficient for us as we are building a team and maximising our resources. It all depends on how big the market is and what the potential of the market is — the UK is so big right now that there is still room to grow.”

Just a small percentage of Taco Bell restaurants worldwide are still owned by the brand, with the rest comprised of franchisees. The UK mirrors that franchise-led approach, with the brand currently reliant on four core franchisees for its coverage.

This includes Caskade Caterers and QFM Group, its two largest partners, which are both experienced franchise operators. Last year Caskade secured a funding package worth almost £30m to drive the roll-out of new sites in the south of England.

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Taco Bell has had something of an indifferent relationship with the UK market. It put a flag in the ground in 1986, initially targeting high profile locations such as Leicester Square, but a general lack of marketing and awareness around the Tex-Mex genre meant that rapid growth was hard to come by.

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After largely disappearing from view in the 90s, current owner Yum! Brands reignited its appetite for UK sales by opening a series of new stores, but strayed from the previous strategy with less of a city-centric approach. Today, about 50% of its outlets are based on the high street.

“We have 27 restaurants in the UK right now and we will continue looking for the right opportunities,” said Torres at the recent opening of its Hammersmith store. “Outside of London we are also opening about eight more restaurants in the north and south, so there is definitely momentum of expansion at Taco Bell.”

Outlets in Camden, Holborn, Fulham and Croydon, as well as Portsmouth, Doncaster, Great Yarmouth and North Ayrshire all feature on the agenda.

Taco Bell’s central operations team is based in Woking, in the same office building as parent Yum!’s other key brands, KFC and Pizza Hut. The chain now has a new space on the first floor and Torres says there are benefits to be had from being in such close proximity to its sister brands.

“I feel very lucky that we have KFC next to us. KFC UK is maybe among the top five markets in the world and KFC is our largest brand in Yum!, so the amount of resources and connections that they can offer is endless. They are a great partner because we are family and so there are many things that we share, for instance, such as distribution partners, suppliers and production facilities. Although it is not identical, it is very well integrated so that we can take advantage of the scale that KFC offers as well.

“On top of that you’ve got knowledge transfer in terms of consumers and trends, so I think that it is absolutely an advantage. And you will see that in many countries our franchisees are also KFC or Pizza Hut franchisees — not always but in many cases they are. And that is good because they understand the way of doing business with Yum!, which makes for a very smooth relationship.”

Source: Food Service Equipment Journal