Taco Bell Shortland Street, Auckland.

Two new Taco Bell stores are due to open in New Zealand this summer, with one opening in the newly opened Stoneridge on Lunn development in East Auckland and the other in Taupiri, Waikato.

Scott Gibbons, CEO of Gibbons Property Investments, who is responsible for the development of the new Lunn Avenue centre, commented that the addition of Taco Bell to the portfolio will create some real interest in the area.

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Taco Bell to Stoneridge on Lunn. The latest addition to our family of tenants nicely complements the mix of other existing tenancies,” he says.

Proving to be a brand beyond the typical quick-service restaurant, customers of Taco Bell Stoneridge on Lunn will have a full dining experience including a range of beer and delicious frozen margaritas for adult guests. Self-serve kiosks will be available for easy ordering with the restaurant designed to cater for both dine-in and take-out.

Local fans will delight in the news that delivery will also be offered to neighbouring suburbs for those that want the convenience of hot Tacos and Burritos delivered directly to their door.

The East Auckland opening will come just over a year since Taco Bell New Zealand first launched its highly anticipated flagship restaurant at The Brickworks in New Lynn. The second store opened in Shortland St.

In a first for Taco Bell NZ and fans alike, the fourth new restaurant near Taupiri will feature a handy drive-thru so customers can grab their favourite Mexican inspired menu items on the go. The region’s first Taco Bell will be conveniently located at the Waikato Expressway Service Centre, a popular choice for travellers to refuel their vehicles and take the opportunity to refuel themselves.

Arif Khan, NZ CEO of Restaurant Brands, which operates Taco Bell in New Zealand, says that while COVID-19 briefly disrupted the roll out, the new restaurants will offer more employment opportunities.

“Understandably, COVID-19 has meant that our Taco Bell New Zealand rollout was temporarily slowed but we are pleased to be back opening restaurants, serving delicious tacos and burritos to our fans. As well as this, we’ll be providing employment benefits to the local area by actively recruiting 30 new staff members for each of the new restaurants,” he said.

During the new location announcements, came the news that the brand would soon be expanding on its generous vegetarian offering with a fully vegan-friendly menu addition called the ‘Verde range’. Featuring dedicated vegan ingredients, available with pre-built combinations for guests looking for meat-free-alternatives to enjoy.

With the latest move to alert level three in Auckland both delivery and click and collect options via Menulog are available from the Brickworks and Shortland Street restaurants. Having launched in New Zealand in 2009, Menulog is now part of Just Eat Takeaway.com, a leading global online food delivery marketplace.

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