Taco John’s Offers Flexible Site and Building Options

Our taco franchise makes it easier to start generating revenue with multiple site designs that optimize building costs and make the most of your location

Not all taco franchises are created equal, and not all franchise locations are, either. That’s why Taco John’s Mexican franchise offers multiple building plans that are designed to maximize revenue potential, keep building costs low and help our franchisees take advantage of a wide variety of locations.

With over 60% of revenue coming in through the drive-thru window, Taco John’s has created restaurant designs to optimize drive-thru performance no matter what kind of site you ultimately choose. We reduced the size of the dining room and overall footprint in some types of location to enhance the drive-thru service. Multi-unit owners will likely use a mix of these buildings to take advantage of the best real estate options in different trade areas. Here’s a look at the designs.

Signature T16 Prototype

T16 Model in Fremont Nebraska

The Signature T16 layout represents our traditional freestanding restaurant. These sites are typically developed near convenience retail, other QSR restaurants and daytime employment centers.

Site and Demographic Characteristics 
Lot Size: .6 to .9 acresHigh Visibility, Excellent Accessibility
Building Size: 1,575 to 2,100 sq. ft.Population: Minimum 15,000
Drive-Thru Access and 40-56 SeatsNearby Daytime Employees: Minimum 5,000
Parking ratio: 1 space for every 2 seatsMinimum Household Income: $45,000

We will consider other factors when reviewing trade areas and sites that do not meet the minimum criteria.

Co-Development Design with C-stores and Travel Plazas

Taco John's at a Stinker convenience store location.

Taco John’s is an ideal co-development partner for convenience stores and travel plazas. Our flexible layouts can be adapted to a variety of site configurations, and our high quality Mexican menu provides an alternative to the usual burgers and sandwiches. In addition, we serve all dayparts: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and late-night.

Location Characteristics 
Drive-Thru AccessShared Seating Can Be Accommodated
Minimum 100,000 Gallons Monthly Fuel Sales.Sign Panel on Front Pole Sign
Minimum $30,000 Monthly Inside SalesDOT Sign Access for Highway Locations

“I operate three Taco John’s restaurants in convenience stores, and it is a great combination. Our customers like the convenience of one-stop shopping and the c-store customers like the variety of our menu. We will definitely do more.”

— Ted Miller, franchisee in South Dakota

End Cap Design

Taco John's end-cap building

In mature or fully developed areas where freestanding development is not an option, we can provide an end cap design with a drive-thru option. These end cap sites are ideally situated in front of big-box retailers, grocery-anchored centers and other similar venues.

End Cap Units 
Layouts as small as 1500 square feetDrive-thru access required
Seating capacity of more than 40 seatsHigh traffic areas

Non-traditional locations

Taco John’s also has alternative designs to locate a taco franchises in a variety of non-traditional sites including malls, airports, military bases and university settings. Our full-menu kitchen can be adapted to fit in as little as 675 square feet.

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