Archive for August, 2008

The Taco Maker Opens New Store in Punta Gorda, Florida Wal-Mart

Monday, August 4th, 2008

OGDEN, UTAH – The Taco Maker, a leader in the Mexican quick service restaurant (QSR) segment has opened its newest restaurant in the Wal-Mart in Punta Gorda at 5001 Taylor Road. A ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration was held on July 18th.

A Taco Maker employee cleans the counter to prepare ingredients.“The Taco Maker is proud to call Punta Gorda our newest home. Our commitment to providing hungry customers the best Mexican food and customer service in a quick service setting will continue to be our strategy,” stated Carlos Budet, President and CEO of The Taco Maker. “I have no doubt this region will become a top performing market among The Taco Maker’s restaurants in southern Florida and nationwide.”

This store opening is part of an expansion agreement between The Taco Maker (TTM) and Motivator Investment Partners to continue franchising its unique concept brands throughout Florida.

Motivator Investment Partners (MIP), a company formed by entrepreneurs Manuel Viota and Ramon Martinez, signed a development agreement with The Taco Maker, Inc. to open a minimum of 150 franchises in Florida. These stores are projected to create 2,700 immediate jobs and up to 4,000 jobs indirectly. Motivator Investment Partners will open its offices in Central Florida to provide operations support to its stores throughout the Sunshine state.

“This newest location in the Tampa Bay Region is a strategic part in our aggressive regional expansion campaign to further position ourselves as the fastest growing Mexican quick service restaurant in the industry,” stated Budet. “Our sales growth and penetration into regional markets are helping build a growing reputation for excellence and viability in the QSR industry segment.”

Taco Maker is one of three concepts under the The Taco Maker, Inc. umbrella, an international franchise system with over 185 units open in the United States, Latin America, and the Far East. The Taco Maker restaurant is currently the largest Mexican quick service restaurant in Puerto Rico and serves popular quick service Mexican dishes such as tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, salads and desserts.

TTM’s other two brands include Jake’s Over The Top and Mayan Juice. Jake’s Over The Top is a quick service restaurant set in a fun, unique 50’s atmosphere offering a line of hamburgers, sandwiches, chicken tenders, fries, onion rings, and ice cream treats. Mayan Juice is a quick service concept offering real fruit smoothies with health boosters.

Taco Maker offers various outlet types to meet almost every need of franchisees and area developers. The Taco Maker’s locations can vary from traditional free-standing restaurants and mall food courts to its fast growing programs for non-traditional locations which complement the dual branding concept with franchises such as Jake’s Over The Top and Mayan Juice. With new outlet development, unit sales have continued to grow rapidly positioning The Taco Maker as a leader in the Mexican QSR segment. 2008 marks the brand’s 30th anniversary from its beginnings and headquarters in Ogden, Utah.