June 27, 1986 |
Taco Bell, the nation's leading Mexican fast-food chain with sales of $1 billion last year, yesterday launched a five-year, $500 million restaurant expansion and a new South Jersey center for management trainees. The company plans 50 more Taco Bell restaurants in the Philadelphia area. Most will be owned and operated by Taco Bell, a subsidiary of Pepsico. They will open as soon as the company finds sites, said Ray Cabana, Taco Bell regional vice president. The $300,000 teaching center in Evesham Township will be the management training facility for about 1,000 Taco Bell recruits each year, company officials said.
November 11, 1990 |
Instead of "Adult Gifts," the sign outside the vacant Jerry's Steaks in King of Prussia may soon read "Taco Bell. " An offer by Taco Bell has been accepted by the estate of the owner, Philip Gelber, according to Gregory Dean, an attorney representing Taco Bell. Adult Gifts, a purveyor of products that some have called pornographic, has operated in Upper Merion Township for 17 years and had eyed the highly visible property on Route 202, north of the Court and Plaza at King of Prussia.
September 10, 1989 |
Faced with the possibility of stiff public opposition, the Taco Bell Corp. (Eastern Zone) has withdrawn its appeal to the Haverford Zoning Hearing Board for permission to operate a fast-food restaurant on the corner of Woodbine Avenue and West Chester Pike. Earlier this year, Charles T. Held, the director of the Haverford Department of Codes Enforcement, denied the fast-food chain's application for a building permit and a certificate of occupancy. Among the reasons Held gave was that the plan did not provide sufficient parking.
December 14, 2006 |
Paul Richards, 17, said he likes his Taco Bell cheese fiesta potatoes too much to be frightened by a little E. coli bacteria outbreak. "I may go back for seconds," boasted the husky bespectacled youth from Princeton as he stood in the middle of yesterday's lunchtime hustle and bustle at the Cherry Hill Mall food court. Minutes later, he eagerly dove into a second basket of thick, greasy cheese potatoes that would have alarmed some even without an E. coli threat. "It's like drugs," said one customer, watching.
October 22, 1992 |
In its second time around, Taco Bell Corp. won a zoning variance to build a fast-food restaurant in downtown Wayne. The Radnor Township Zoning Hearing Board, which previously had denied a similar variance, voted, 3-0-1, Thursday night after the applicant modified its plan for parking and customer seating. The restaurant will be built on a 4,000-square-foot lot on the northwest corner of Lancaster and North Aberdeen Avenues. It was last used as a used-car lot. Under the resubmitted plan, the restaurant will have 21 spaces for parking, a reduction of one space, to ease encroachment on the required setbacks.
July 12, 2012 |
Chain: Taco Bell. Company description: This burrito is part of Taco Bell's new Cantina line, which the company describes thusly: "Chef Lorena Garcia created Taco Bell's new Cantina Bell Menu by using bold and flavorful ingredients, including guacamole, citrus-herb marinated chicken, and freshly prepared pico de gallo. " Nutritional info: 760 calories, 27 grams of fat, 1,960 mg of sodium. Price: $4.79. Review: The "Cantina" project is Taco Bell's unsubtle attempt to go after Chipotle, which has redefined Mexican fast food over the last decade (in more ways than one: Check out the company's stock price over the last five years)
April 2, 1996 |
So it's April Fool's Day, and a fast-food chain has some fun with newspaper ads claiming it has bought a national shrine of American history and renamed it "The Taco Liberty Bell. " Holy guacamole! Taco Bell yesterday gloated in full-page ads that it had purchased the Liberty Bell to help the national debt. Turns out the boast didn't ring true. It was a fast-food chain's April Fool's publicity prank. To some, the stunt was an insult to a patriotic icon. To Mayor Rendell, it was opportunity knocking.
April 23, 1998 |
Up on the balcony, in front of the thronging masses, he is unmistakable. Moist brown eyes. Tiny black beret. Big ears, trembling whiskers, and that distinctive Mexican accent as he surveys the cheering crowd, opens his mouth and proclaims, via the magic of voice-overs and computer animation, "Viva Gorditas. " The "Taco Bell Chihuahua" - alas, he has no name - has won hearts, 30 seconds at a time, racing up fire escapes, playing Jeopardy!, readying himself for a "Taco revolution," and, in the most recent spot, apparently taking over a nation to hawk Taco Bell's latest treat, the stuffed flatbread "Gordita.
November 2, 1993 |
Wawa knows that man does not live by hoagies alone. Sometimes, man craves a breakfast burrito or pan pizza. Accordingly, the locally based convenience-store chain has hooked up with PepsiCo Inc., the junk-food giant, to sell Taco Bell and Pizza Hut fast food through several Wawa stores. A prototype "food court" opened yesterday at the Wawa at 1666 S. Delaware Ave., recently remodeled and expanded to include the new pizza and Mexican food-service counters. Signs for the Pizza Hut and Taco Bell concessions went up on the store's walls last week, and right away Judi Bernardi, the store's supervisor, knew Wawa was onto something big. "People were grabbing me in the parking lot: 'When are we gonna get the tacos?
June 22, 1992 |
Wawa Inc., which fuels Philadelphia's morning rush with coffee and slices up much of its lunchtime deli trade, is trying to get itself invited in for dinner. Next month, the local convenience-store chain will team with Taco Bell to sell Mexican fast food in some of its stores. Wawa also is considering an alliance with Pizza Hut. "Both breakfast and lunch are fairly strong businesses for us, but dinner is underdeveloped. It's a big opportunity for us," said Howard Stoeckel, senior vice president for marketing at Wawa, which will open its 500th store on Friday in Mantua.