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TacoTime Franchise Expands to Texas

Beloved Mexican food franchise rapidly expands out of its home turf in the Pacific Northwest with plans to open multiple locations in the Lonestar State over the next few years

TacoTime franchise is kicking off 2017 on a high note with the announcement that the iconic Mexican food franchise is coming to Katy, Texas. While TacoTime has thrived in the Pacific Northwest since its founding in 1960, growing to nearly 300 locations, this will be TacoTime’s first restaurant in the Lonestar State.

The new restaurant in Katy, Texas, a large suburb of Houston, will be open later this year but has already generated interest from entrepreneurs who are chomping at the bit to bring TacoTime to their Texan communities.

“We are thrilled to enter the Texan market, where the demand for fresh, authentic Mexican food is booming,” says Nicole Rayborn, Director of Franchise Development with TacoTime. “Our new restaurant opening in Katy, Texas, is encouraging other local entrepreneurs to investigate the TacoTime franchise opportunity. We currently have significant interest in Dallas and Houston and are actively targeting the areas of Austin and San Antonio for expansion.”

TacoTime franchise location with a metal cactus

TacoTime is a great fit for first-time entrepreneurs. While the new location in Katy, Texas, hasn’t yet been determined, TacoTime actively works with new franchisees to secure the best possible location for a new restaurant, as well as help to navigate the process of securing a lease with the best possible terms.

“We have an entire real estate team that helps new franchise owners find the best possible location for their TacoTime,” Nicole says. “Our brand president, Kevin Gingrich, who is also a multi-unit TacoTime franchise owner, will often fly out to the new location to give his input or approval. We use a third-party company to analyze demographics, traffic patterns, small business activity and much, much more to determine that the area surrounding a new TacoTime restaurant can sustain a business over the long-term. When you franchise with TacoTime, we are with you every single step of the process.”

Unlike other Mexican food franchise brands, TacoTime doesn’t require previous restaurant experience. TacoTime has developed an intensive training platform that includes how to manage every aspect of your business, including the most important part: correctly preparing and serving the TacoTime products to your customers. TacoTime also trains you on how to manage your inventory, operate your point-of-sale system and grow your business. We provide continual reviews to help you meet financial and performance goals and ongoing coaching to help you market your business to your community.

The result of the intensive initial and ongoing training platform makes TacoTime an easy business to own and an easy business to scale.

“TacoTime is a brand with franchise owners who have been operating great businesses for 20, 30 and even 40 years,” says John Wuycheck, Senior Vice President of Kahala Brands™. “The average unit sales revenue is well over $1 million (for the top 10% of our traditional stores, according to Item 19 of our FDD); and while that is a terrific number, it is the result of two things: 1) we have been extremely strategic about where we place new TacoTime locations; and 2) we franchise with entrepreneurs who are passionate about the food, their customers and their staff. We only open restaurants in locations that have the population density to support a great business; and furthermore, TacoTime is an easy-to-run business that requires a good work ethic and the discipline to follow the experienced business model.”

TacoTime is expanding well beyond Texas. While the majority of TacoTime expansion over the years has been the result of organic interest in bringing the brand to new communities, TacoTime is entirely focused on franchising efforts. In 2016, TacoTime launched its new franchise recruitment website to grow the brand beyond its roots in the Pacific Northwest, where nearly 300 locations are open. The efforts have been paying off: TacoTime has a full pipeline of savvy investors and first-time entrepreneurs who are enthusiastic about bringing the beloved TacoTime to their towns and cities.

“We’re very excited to have so much interest in the brand from entrepreneurs across the country,” Nicole says. “In 2017, we plan to target Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and West Virginia for expansion, as well as strengthen our foothold in the Pacific Northwest. We’re looking forward to having another exceptional year of adding new franchise owners to the TacoTime family.”

Ready to open a TacoTime franchise in your community?

TacoTime is ready for the spotlight. With nearly 300 locations in the United States and Canada, the successful Mexican food franchise is ready to break out of its home turf in the Pacific Northwest and hit the national stage. TacoTime is looking for entrepreneurs who are passionate about bringing authentic and affordable Mexican food to their communities. To learn more about TacoTime, visit the Franchise Information Portal or request the free Franchise Information Report.

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