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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#1 Ranked #2 last year
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Initial investment
$576K - $3.4M
Units as of 2021
7,567 9.6% over 3 years

Company Overview

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.

About Taco Bell

Industry
Food
Related Categories
Mexican Food
Founded
1962
Parent Company
Yum! Brands Inc.
Leadership
Mark King, CEO
Ticker Symbol
YUM

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1964 (57 years)
# of employees at HQ
900
# of Units
7,567 (as of 2021)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
1 Glen Bell Wy.
Irvine, CA 92618

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Taco Bell franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee
$25,000 - $45,000
Initial Investment
$575,600 - $3,370,100
Net Worth Requirement
$1,500,000
Cash Requirement
$750,000
Royalty Fee
5.5%
Ad Royalty Fee
4.25%
Term of Agreement
25 years
Is franchise term renewable?
No

Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing
Taco Bell has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training
400 hours
Classroom Training
8 hours
Additional Training
Additional training available
Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
Are exclusive territories available?
No

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Additional Rankings

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Ranked #1

Franchise 500 Ranking

Ranked #6

Fastest-Growing Franchises

Ranked #9

Top Global Franchises

Ranked #9

Fastest-Growing Franchises (U.S. & Canada)

Ranked #1 in Mexican Food

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Updated: February 8th, 2021