Taco Time

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Taco Time
Type Private
Industry Food
Founded 1959
Eugene, Oregon
Founder(s) Ron Fraedrick
Headquarters Scottsdale, Arizona (2003)
Number of locations Over 300 (2010)
in United States, Canada, Curacao/Netherlands Antilles, and Kuwait
Key people Kevin Gingrich (Brand President)
Parent Kahala Franchising, L.L.C.
Website tacotime.com

Taco Time is a fast-food restaurant chain specializing in Mexican food. The chain offers dine-in, take away, and drive through at about 300 locations.

Taco Time location in The Dalles, Oregon

The chain was founded in Eugene, Oregon, United States, in 1959 by Ron Fraedrick, who opened the first restaurant near his alma mater, the University of Oregon, at 13th Avenue and High Street in January 1960.[1] In 1962, the first Taco Time franchise opened in Tacoma, Washington. By the end of the decade, the company had 48 restaurants in seven Western states. In 1978, the company franchised its first international restaurant, in Lethbridge, Alberta. In 1979, Taco Time Northwest, became a licensee with the rights to franchise and operate the Taco Time concept independently. Taco Time Northwest's operating region includes Western Washington from Longview to the Canadian border and the eastern Washington cities of Wenatchee and Moses Lake. Taco Time has since expanded, now holding more than 300 franchises in the United States, Canada, Kuwait, and Curaçao/Netherlands Antilles.

In 2003, the company was bought by Kahala Franchising L.L.C. of Scottsdale, Arizona,[2] which continues to operate the enterprise in addition to about a dozen fast food chains such as Blimpie and Cold Stone Ice Cream.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barker, George (December 14, 1984). "Taco Time: Original Structure Moves to Springfield". The Register-Guard. 
  2. ^ "It's Taco Time for Kahala Corp. as the QSR Group announces merger agreement" (Word document). September 24, 2003. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  3. ^ "Kahala". Retrieved 2010-12-20. 

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