At a press conference Monday morning, Taco John’s President and CEO Jim Creel announced that the Cheyenne-based corporation is opening a satellite office in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Creel said the decision for the expansion came about from the strategic planning process he instituted more than two years ago.
During that process, the Board of Directors agreed that expansion within the existing footprint had the greatest potential for growth and with more than
200 franchises currently located within a few hours drive of Minneapolis, expansion to the Twin Cities, Creel said, only made sense.
“This is an exciting time for Taco John’s,” Creel said. “We have taken a number of steps over the past two years to lay the foundation for expansion.
And, in order for the expansion to take place, we decided that we needed to have a presence where it was all happening.”
Creel said that some franchisee-facing departments would be centered in Minneapolis but most of the corporation would continue to be headquartered in Cheyenne.
“Taco John’s was founded in Cheyenne, Wyoming and will remain in Cheyenne, Wyoming,” Creel said. “There is no better place in the country to call home.”
“Concurrently, it makes good business sense for departments that provide direct franchisee support to be located where the majority of the franchisees and future franchisees are located,” he said.
Creel said recent successes at the corporation heightened the opportunity for expansion mentioning the chain’s new menu and the launch of the new prototype that’s being rolled out across the country.
“We wouldn’t have been able to expand had we not put together back to back outstanding years,” he said. “I have been with Taco John’s for 20 years now and I haven’t seen excitement like this in the franchisee community.
“Our customers love the new menu and our franchisees love the new design of the restaurant,” he said. “This one-two punch has new restaurateurs interested and existing franchise owners doubling down on new restaurants.”
Creel said the impact to the Cheyenne headquarters would be minimal and only in the short-term. He said based on the strength of company, he expected expansion in the Cheyenne office would occur too.
Taco John’s operates and franchises nearly 400 quick-service restaurants in 23 states. Privately owned, the business opened its first restaurant in 1969 in Cheyenne, WY. Taco John’s prides itself on serving generous portions, menu items prepared fresh to your order, high quality ingredients and special recipes, seasonings and sauces. For more information or to apply for a position, visit tacojohns.com.