Taco Bell

Taco Bell

Taco Bell
#18

Initial Investment

LOW: $1,177,300
HIGH: $2,620,600

Change in Units

+4.2% +268 UNITS (1 Year)
+5.4% +341 UNITS (3 Years)

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Company Profile

Founded

1962

Franchising Since

1964 (52 Years)

Corporate Address

1 Glen Bell Wy. Irvine, CA 92618

CEO

Brian Niccol

Parent Company

Yum! Brands Inc.

Ticker Symbol

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 KFC and Pizza Hut. There are Taco Bell locations throughout the United States and the world.

Financials

Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$1,177,300 - $2,620,600

Net-worth Requirement

$1,500,000

Liquid Cash Requirement

$750,000

Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee

$45,000

Ongoing Royalty Fee

5.5%

Ad Royalty Fee

4.25%

Financing Options

Taco Bell has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: 
startup costs, equipment

Franchise 500® Rank History

  • 2006 - 35
  • 2008 - 22
  • 2009 - 20
  • 2010 - 45
  • 2012 - 20
  • 2014 - 20
  • 2015 - 19
  • 2016 - 18

* Not all years were ranked

Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:
Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Operations & Franchisor Support

Training at headquarters: varies

Additional Training: Additional training available

Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Internet
Security
Field Operations

Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Slicks
Regional Media
National Media

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Updated: October 13th, 2016

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