New Zealand's first Taco Bell officially opens tomorrow

Headlines 11/11/2019

It's taken many years but Taco Bell is finally opening its doors to Kiwi customers for the first time tomorrow. Located at The Brickworks, LynnMall, tomorrow's opening promises to have plenty fanfare, giveaways, and a live DJ all from 10am.

Taco Bell general manager, Clark Wilson, said he and his team have an epic opening day planned to mark the big occasion.

"Taco Bell is culture-centric, often defying the conventions of traditional fast food. Around the world it has attracted social media memes and casts of international celebrity mentions, Taco Bell is all about the social experience of food and we're excited for this spirit to live on in New Zealand.

"For launch day, we expect to welcome hundreds of excited new customers to the brand and we've prepared limited edition t-shirts for the first 62 through the door.

"This, as well as heaps of other giveaways throughout the day, a live DJ and a 'Basketbell' competition to score further taco merch, will keep everyone entertained."

Taco Bell has confirmed details of its menu for the LynnMall store, including global favourites like the Crunchwrap Supreme, Cheesy Gordita Crunch (Cheesy G), Cali Burrito and Crunchy Taco Supreme.

Other items such as the crispy chicken strips and Mexican fries will also be available year-round.

The LynnMall location is said to be the first of 25 Taco Bells planned to roll out over the next five years according to Restaurant Brands chief executive Russel Creedy.

"At this stage, we are securing locations within the main metropolitans of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, with the view to expanding further afield in the coming years.

"The broader rollout plan will see a minimum of 25 restaurants trading in New Zealand over the next five years, with the view to launching the next restaurant in Q1 of next year."