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Construction underway for new Taco Bell and KFC

A banner on South Shady Street in Mountain City, TN advertises the building of Taco Bell and KFC restaurants now slated for opening later this year, bring dozens of jobs into the community.  Photo by Tamas Mondovics

By Tamas Mondovics

With the news in March of two new restaurants, Taco Bell and KFC coming to Mountain City, area residents have been waiting to hear more details, about the project, its economic impact for the community as well as the accompanying new employment opportunities promised by officials. Building construction is now clearly underway, and officials are pleased to announce that the restaurants are slated for opening later this fall bringing to the city nearly three-dozen jobs each.

To join the Fulenwider KFC/Taco Bell family, the company is currently looking to fill many positions including assistant and restaurant general manager along with team members, while offering competitive starting wages, health, and dental insurance benefits, and paid vacations, to name a few.

Officials have also confirmed that the restaurants will consist of two separate buildings at 465 South Shady Street, with KFC’s entrance off Vandilla Street and the Taco Bell entrance off of Shady Street.
The pair of new eateries will not only promote a brand new addition to the list of local facilities to choose from, but Taco Bell will be featuring one of its new restaurant designs that launched in Orange County, California,

“While each of the four designs has a different look and feel, they all truly express the Taco Bell you’ve grown to know and love,” officials said.

The restaurant’s updated look in Mountain City will reportedly be in the “Modern Lite” design, a variation of the company’s “Modern Explorer” design that was inspired by the farm to table movement, reinforcing Taco Bell’s commitment to preparing food using the best ingredients.Modern Explorer uses an open kitchen concept in the restaurant so guests can watch food being prepared right in front of them.

For its brand new restaurant slated to open later this year, Taco Bell will be featuring one of its updated looks “Modern Lite” design, which was inspired by the farm to tablemovement. Photography by Gamma Photography Studio

Last year, Taco Bell announced its plans to grow as a system to approximately 9,000 restaurants globally by 2022, opening the door of opportunity for 100,000 new jobs in the U.S. alone. The new restaurants are promising to assist in supporting the Taco Bell Foundation, which according to the company’s website, has been committed to supporting the passions of America’s young people, since 1992, helping them follow their dream and reach their potential.

The Foundation has reportedly reached more than 3.5 million youth across the country and has awarded more than $72 million in grants and scholarships, focused on education and career readiness.
For more information about the Taco Bell Foundation, visit