Another Taco Bell is opening in Gainesville, you say, what’s the big deal? Well, you can add Gainesville to a select list of U.S. cities who can boast a Taco Bell Cantina, the Tex-Mex chain’s new retail format.
It’s the first location in Florida, at 1404 W. University Ave. in the former Burrito Brothers location, putting Gainesville in select national company. Gainesville joins major metropolitan areas such as Las Vegas, Chicago, Boston, New York City, Detroit, and Pittsburgh with its Cantina. The store features digital menu boards, an open-style kitchen, and outdoor patio seating. But the biggest change in format is the menu features alcoholic drinks, such as beer, wine, and Twisted Freezes. These frozen drinks are similar to slushies but customers have the option of adding a liquor of their choice.
For Front Street, we’re proud to welcome the new format to our city. Our retail property management team strives to attract national brands such as Taco Bell to Gainesville and help them reach their long-term goals. This is accomplished by focusing on our customers’ goals as if they were our own. What results is lower vacancy rates, higher profits, and increased long-term growth for our Florida property management customers.
To bring Taco Bell Cantina to Gainesville, the team at Front Street employed their skills in landlord representation. Backed by our extensive marketing strategies, we designed a compelling case as to why Gainesville — though not a major metropolitan area — was still the perfect location for this retail format.
Taco Bell has plans to open more than 300 Cantina locations across the country by 2022. But, if you’re looking to grab a Crunch Wrap after a night out in Midtown, you’ll have to go into Taco Bell Cantina. The store won’t have a drive-thru because of its alcohol service. According to the Gainesville Sun, the food options, however, will remain the same as a regular Taco Bell.
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