Taco Bell on its way to Commons

Taco Bell is coming to town.

YUM Brands spokesperson Ashley Sioson said on Friday that Charter Foods will open a Taco Bell Restaurant on Market Street.

A Conewango Township site plan lists the currently vacant parcel in the Warren Commons next to Burger King as the location.

Sioson said that construction is expected to begin in April. The restaurant should open in August.

She added that the restaurant will bring with it 30 to 40 jobs.

A classified advertisement for job opportunities at the restaurant will run in the Times Observer next week.

Although there have been rumors of a combination Taco Bell-Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise, the new business will be Taco Bell only. In addition to TB/KFC, YUM Brands also includes Pizza Hut, A&W Rootbeer and Long John Silver’s.

Charter Foods operates other franchise restaurants, including about 85 Taco Bells.

While the company has said Taco Bell is coming, they still have some work in front of them.

“Taco Bell has not applied for a zoning permit,” said Aaron Kalkbrenner, Warren County zoning officer. “Before construction can begin a zoning permit must be issued by our office. After a zoning permit is obtained then a building permit would be required.”

The Taco Bell location was originally approved as the site of a gas station. Earlier this year, Walmart was granted a variance to place a gas station at a different location at the Warren Commons should they so choose.