February 25, 2016 – Lake Forest, California – Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: TACO), the nation’s second leading Mexican Quick Service Restaurant (MQSR) chain, signed a six-store franchise development agreement to open the brand’s first locations in Pennsyvania. With plans to begin opening restaurants by 2018, Del Taco will add Pennsylvania to the growing number of states where guests can find its fresh, made-to-order Mexican and American menu items at an unmatched value.
GK Enterprises, which also owns Dunkin’ Donuts franchises in the area, has been awarded the exclusive rights to develop in Northampton, Lehigh and Bucks Counties. The franchise group plans to operate six free-standing Del Taco restaurants by 2022.
“There’s a continued demand on the east coast for what Del Taco has to offer, and that’s delicious food made with fresh, quality ingredients served at a great value,” said Prakash Dave, franchisee and spokesperson for GK Enterprises. “There are limited options for guests who demand freshly prepared food at the price point and convenience of traditional quick service, and Del Taco fulfills this need. We’re thrilled to bring Del Taco to Pennsylvania and to expand our franchise portfolio with a strong brand that has unlimited growth potential.”
Del Taco owns an exciting space in the industry that resonates with consumers, offering quality food and an unbeatable value with a focus on product innovation. Del Taco’s commitment to elevating the limited service experience is demonstrated with fresh ingredients and made-to-order menu items prepared in every restaurant’s working kitchen; offering guests high quality not typically found at QSR prices.
Del Taco, a differentiated brand in an extremely competitive and fast-growing segment, attracts guests of all ages, income levels and social demographics. After its acquisition and transition into a public entity in 2015, Del Taco is prepared for strategic expansion – making it an ideal time to invest in the brand.
“Del Taco has performed extremely well in new markets and we’re confident Pennsylvania will be no exception,” said Laura Tanaka, director of franchise development. “We’ve developed a proven market entry model that sets our franchisees up for success and we’re actively seeking more new franchise partners to grow with us during this very exciting time for not only the Del Taco brand but also for the limited service industry as a whole.”
To accommodate the brand’s growing national popularity, the company is focused on recruiting new and experienced franchise candidates to join the Del Taco team. Those qualified and interested, are encouraged to visit www.Franchiseexpo.com to learn more about Del Taco’s exceptional franchise opportunities.