Taco Bell is celebrating the brand's 100th restaurant opening in Spain. Taco Bell opened its first restaurant outside the states in 1973, and in just the last two years, the brand has grown its store count by more than 25%. With growth plans as strong as ever, Taco Bell and its international franchisees have plans to operate more than 1,000 restaurants internationally, according to a press release.
"Our international franchise partners and team members in Taco Bell restaurants around the world fuel the fire of our brand and are a huge testament to what we are building together," President of Taco Bell, International, Julie Felss Masino said in the press release. "With the partnership of people like Spain master franchisee Ignacio Mora-Figueroa, our international expansion to 1,000 restaurants outside the U.S. allows us a bigger footprint to create more fans around the world."
Taco Bella has plans to open in major cities across India, Australia and the U.K.
To date, all Taco Bell restaurants internationally are franchise-owned.
There are currently 800 Taco Bell restaurants across 31 countries outside of the United States.