Fast Food Franchises

Taco Bell

Taco Bell, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., is a Mexican-style quick service restaurant (QSR) chain.

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About Taco Bell

Embark on a flavorful journey with Taco Bell, a beloved brand that has been delighting taste buds since 1962. Their rich history of serving delicious Mexican-inspired cuisine spans over six decades, making us a trusted and iconic franchise choice. Taco Bell pioneered the franchise concept in 1964, allowing entrepreneurs to become part of their success story. With their headquarters nestled in the vibrant city of Irvine, California, this is where innovation and inspiration flow freely. Taco Bell’s mouth-watering creations have taken the world by storm. With an impressive network of over 8,220 units worldwide, they’ve satisfied cravings on nearly every continent. Their global reach means endless opportunities for you to shine as a franchisee.

What They Offer

Taco Bell, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., is a Mexican-style quick service restaurant (QSR) chain. They are renowned for their delectable range of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, grilled stuft burritos, nachos, and the famous Crunchwrap Supreme, alongside an extensive Big Bell Value Menu. Operating in over 5,800 U.S. restaurants, Taco Bell caters to more than 2 billion customers annually.

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The Franchise Offering

Owning a Taco Bell franchise means being part of Yum! Brands, the global leader in Multibranding, which offers increased choice, convenience, and value by combining two renowned brands under one roof. With over 3,900 multi-brand restaurants worldwide, Taco Bell Franchisor, grants non-exclusive rights to franchisees to operate quick-service consumer feeding facilities using the Taco Bell name and trademarks. These facilities can vary in format:

Traditional Units: These are free-standing, permanent buildings of various sizes offering the full Taco Bell menu, with a kitchen facility, counter, seating area, and drive-thru in some cases.

In-Lines (End-Caps): Locations with or without drive-thrus that include features of Traditional Units, and when they have a drive-thru, they are known as “End-Caps.”

Power Pumpers: These buildings share space with gas and convenience stores and feature various Taco Bell offerings.

Taco Bell Express (Custom Facades): Less elaborate facilities providing a limited menu. They can be standalone units within larger buildings or creatively designed installations in different locations.

While the franchise agreement does not provide territorial protection, the franchisor may grant such rights separately or temporarily. The initial agreement terms vary based on the unit type, with 25 years for Traditional Units, 20 years for Power Pumpers, and 10 years for In-Line or End-Cap Units. Renewal rights aren’t generally offered, but a Franchise Agreement Expiration Policy allows for the possibility of a new agreement with terms ranging from 10 to 25 years, depending on the restaurant type and asset upgrade requirements.

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Who Are They Looking For?

Taco Bell seeks franchisees who possess these key characteristics:

Passion for operations: The brand is looking for individuals who are hands-on and deeply passionate about the day-to-day operations of a restaurant. The restaurant business demands your active involvement.

Commitment to team building: Successful multi-unit ownership requires the ability to build and lead teams effectively. The brand values franchisees who prioritize developing people capability within their organization.

Financial capability: Prospective franchisees and their partners should have a combined liquid asset of at least $360,000. This financial capacity is essential for the growth and stability of the franchise.

Hands-on involvement: Franchisees are expected to devote their full time and best efforts to the daily operations of the unit. If authorized by the franchisor, any appointed supervisor must also undergo the necessary training and be dedicated to day-to-day operations.

Proximity to unit: Except as otherwise specified in the Franchise Agreement, franchisees or a qualified restaurant manager must maintain their personal residence within approximately a one-hour drive from the unit. This ensures accessibility for effective management.

Exclusive menu offerings: During the term of the Franchise Agreement, franchisees and their immediate associates are restricted from offering Mexican-style menu or food items other than Taco Bell’s brand. This exclusivity maintains brand integrity.

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The Cost

When considering a Taco Bell franchise opportunity, prospective franchisees should have a minimum of $360,000 in liquid capital available. Additionally, it’s important to be prepared for a total investment ranging from $1,000,000 to $2,000,000.


Taco Bell offers various financing options for franchisees, including assistance in identifying third-party lenders. It’s important to note that while the franchisor may help identify lenders, this doesn’t constitute an endorsement or approval by Taco Bell of these lenders or their financing terms. The specific financing arrangements will be negotiated directly between the franchisee and the lender, and these terms can vary widely.

In addition to this, Taco Bell has established a partnership with LS BDC Adviser, LLC, an affiliate of Lafayette Square Holding Company, LLC, through which the lender (via its managed or advised funds) may provide financing to eligible franchisee applicants, including those from underserved American communities, particularly low-to-moderate income individuals.

Furthermore, Taco Bell may, at its discretion, extend similar lending assistance to qualified franchisee applicants who secure financing through other lenders. This approach aims to offer franchisees a range of financing opportunities to support their Taco Bell franchise journey.


Training & Support

When you join Taco Bell as a franchisee, you’ll benefit from comprehensive training and a robust support system through the Yum! Value Network. This support includes:

  • Brand recognition: Leverage the power of a globally recognized brand.
  • Customer attraction: Tools to attract and retain loyal customers.
  • Competitive advantage: Strategies to outshine competitors.
  • Franchise value system: Guidance on maximizing your franchise’s value.
  • Multi-unit growth: Opportunities for expanding your portfolio.
  • Economic stability: A stable platform for your business.
  • Community involvement: Be part of a brand that gives back.
  • Development expertise: Access expertise in growing your business.
  • Access to financing: Assistance in securing the necessary funding.
  • Solid business support: Ongoing assistance for operational success.
  • Quality onboarding & training: A comprehensive training program lasting 7-8 weeks, covering various aspects of the business.
  • Reliable supply chain: Access to a dependable supply network.
  • Return on investment: Strategies to enhance your ROI.

The training program includes web-based, e-learning, on-the-job, and classroom training to ensure you and your manager are fully prepared. Plus, the franchisor’s representatives provide guidance during local visits, reinforcing their commitment to your success as a Taco Bell franchisee.

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Next Steps

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