Taco Bell

2015 Franchise 500
At a Glance

Products & Services: Mexican food

Number of Locations: 6,198

Total Investment: $1.2M - $2.6M

Founded: 1962

Began Franchising: 1964

About Taco Bell

After leaving the Marine Corps at 23, Glen Bell came home to San Bernardino, California and opened a hot dog stand. But his real interest was in alternative menu items, so he began selling tacos for 19 cents from a side window of the hot dog stand. When the tacos proved as popular as he had hoped, he started opening Taco Tia stands where tacos were the stars of the menu. In 1962, Bell sold the Taco Tia brand to his partners and opened the first Taco Bell in Downey, California. Franchising began two years later.

Today, Taco Bell is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands Inc., which also franchises A&W Restaurants, KFC, Long John Silver's and Pizza Hut. There are Taco Bell locations throughout the United States and the world.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2015 5,024 0 248 926
2014 4,878 0 279 896
2013 4,651 0 282 1,047
2011 4,389 0 260 1,247
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $1,177,300 - $2,620,600
Franchise Fee: $45,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5.5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 25 years
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $1,500,000
Liquid Cash Available: $750,000
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Accounts Receivable

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters. Additional training available
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations
Marketing Support: National media,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #19 (2015), #20 (2014), #20 (2012),
Fastest-Growing: #7 (2015), #11 (2014), #20 (2012),
America's Top Global: #26 (2015), #29 (2014), #18 (2012),