Community leaders welcome new Taco Bell to Troutman
Community leaders joined Taco Bell officials and employees for the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday.
BY DEBBIE PAGE
Troutman officials, town employees and community members gathered at the Highway 21 Taco Bell location Tuesday morning for the official grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting. The restaurant joins the fast-growing area around Exit 42 off Interstate 77.
Mayor Teross Young, who along with Town Planner Erika Martin actively courted Taco Bell to join the Troutman area, said, “I think it’s awesome. It’s always a great opportunity to introduce a new business to the Troutman community. It’s a great day!”
“A lot of people in the community have asked for Taco Bell to come,” Young continued, “so we get to celebrate today, and we look forward to many more opportunities to where we can celebrate the addition of more businesses to our community.”
Guests got to sample Taco Bell menu items, including “naked egg” tacos that use eggs as the shell, Breakfast Crunchwraps, skillet bowls, Cinnabon Delights and steak quesadillas.
Employee “Sparkles,” whose mom gave her the nickname because of the twinkle in her eye, greeted guests and customers with a bright smile, along with other company officials, including District Manager Vivianna Cisneros and Fulenwiler Enterprises President Michael Fulenwiler, who owns the franchise.
Cisneros was pleased with customer response during the restaurant’s soft opening and was pleased to be opening a location in such a growing area.
Fulenwider was pleased to add this franchise to his large contingent of restaurants across the region. The franchise has been long planned for the area, but the economic downturn slowed plans, according to Fulenwiler.