Taco John’s inks deal for 100 restaurants

Posted Jan 16th, 2018

We’ll introduce our QSR Mexican franchise to North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia with the biggest deal in our company’s history

An exterior of a Taco John’s, with some of the parking lot visible.
Taco John’s is flexible, allowing for different footprints for your franchise units, whether you prefer a freestanding location or prefer a non-traditional site such as a location in a travel center or convenience store.

With our announcement of a 100-restaurant franchise agreement, which will bring dozens of our QSR Mexican franchises into new territories along the Eastern seaboard, Taco John’s closed out 2017 with the largest deal in company history.

Taco John’s franchisee, Superior Taco, has partnered with American Development Partners (ADP) to develop restaurants in cities including Wilmington, NC; Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Greenville, Spartanburg and Columbia in SC; and Augusta and Savannah in Georgia.

Superior Taco is led by Ivan Lenoir, an experienced multi-unit operator in the World of Beer franchise system who also has a legal background in commercial real estate, finance, transactions and franchise law. ADP is a multi-unit development company that brings capital along with construction and real estate expertise to franchise operators.

“The ADP team is great at using their extensive knowledge of the restaurant industry to develop very successful locations,” says Van Ingram, Vice President for Development. “We appreciate their partnership and look forward to watching them bring our bold and fresh flavors to a whole new market.”

A cross-cut Stuffed Grilled Taco shows ground beef, melted cheese, salsa and sour cream inside a tortilla next to a pile of Potato Olés®.
With Taco John’s, you have a multi-unit QSR Mexican franchise opportunity with a unique menu that creates brand fans who come back again and again, thanks to items like our Stuffed Grilled Tacos and Potato Olés®.

A great Mexican restaurant franchise

Taco John’s focuses on quality food, which sets us apart from other Mexican food franchises. In communities with a choice, Taco John’s typically becomes the go-to because consumers know they can find the convenience and value of fast food paired with the quality of a fast-casual restaurant.

Our menu capitalizes on all dayparts, including snacking and late nights, featuring craveable menu items that fuse traditional Mexican flavors with modern tastes. Our award-winning culinary team researches the latest trends to keep our menu fresh with LTOs, such as the Chicken Sopapilla Taco and our perennial holiday favorite, Nachos Navidad®. Our LTO Street Tacos campaign in 2015 helped increase comp sales almost 6% over the previous year and helped attract more of the sought-after Millennial demographic to our restaurants. Street Tacos were so popular, we made them a permanent menu-item.

We work well with multi-unit investors

Taco John’s has a lot to offer larger investors interested in multi-unit franchises. In the QSR Mexican space, we have only one true national competitor. We offer long-term stability with our nearly 50-year-old brand, and we have a lower startup investment as well as much more territory availability.

Our Cheyenne, WY-based restaurant franchise chain has nearly 400 locations nationwide, and we are steering our brand toward huge expansion over the next few years. Currently, we have many prime territories available for qualified multi-unit investors. We entered several new territories in the past year in the Mid-Atlantic and in the South, but opportunities are still available.

We also offer financial incentives to multi-unit developers, and we have in-house expertise and vendor relationships that make it easy to scale up quickly.

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