Friday, August 5, 2016

News: Taco Bell opening in Rotherham


QFM Group, one of the largest franchise companies in the UK, are set to open a new Mexican restaurant in Manvers, as construction work gets underway across Rotherham at another of its developments.

RJD Associates (North West) Limited has been appointed as the CDM Principal Designer on a construction project next to KFC off Manvers Way which involves the construction of a new build shell in connection with a Taco Bell restaurant, alterations and extensions to external pavings and drainage to suit new layout, and provision of new incoming mains electric and water supplies.

QFM Group secured planning permission for a two unit development back in 2011, shortly after it opened the large KFC restaurant, which now includes a Costa outlet.

The Sheffield firm is already recruiting staff for the new Taco Bell.


Taco Bell is the world's leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain and serves more than 36.8 million consumers each week in approximately 6,500 restaurants worldwide.

The subsidiary of Yum! Brands, which also includes KFC and Pizza Hut, was founded in 1962 by Glen Bell, a former US Marine, who invented the preformed taco shell in 1951.

Brits got their first taste of tacos, burritos and quesadillas with the launch in the UK in the late 1980's. Outlets can currently be found in Sheffield and Barnsley.

Across the borough, a prominent brownfield site at Eastwood is being transformed by a regeneration scheme centred around new food retail units. The vacant site at Mushroom Roundabout was previously home to a D.C. Cook car dealership but has been empty since 2008 following demolition.


Wilton Developments acquired the 2.4 acre site in 2012 as part of a wider Dansk supermarket portfolio - Netto was progressing plans for the site before they were acquired by ASDA in 2011.

Pub group, Mitchells & Butlers purchased 1.22 acres of the site and opened a new Toby Carvery pub last year. QFM acquired the remaining 1.18 acres and is set to deliver three further food and drink outlets. Approved plans show that occupants could include Costa, KFC and Hey Potato! and that the total jobs created could be 100.

RJD Associates were also appointed as principal designer for this development and have stated that plans have changed so that a KFC drive-thru restaurant will be joined by Costa Coffee and Taco Bell.
Oakstone Construction, which carries out around £4m of work per year with KFC, building and fitting out stores, is currently on site.

Fit out work and recruitment is also underway after QFM Group secured planning permission for new signage for a new Costa outlet in Rotherham town centre.

QFM Group website

Images: Taco Bell / RJD


Nigel Simpson,  August 5, 2016 at 3:06 PM  

Congratulations, another brownfield site occupied and ready to flourish...

Welcome to New Rotherham.

Mr me August 5, 2016 at 7:13 PM  

Never town centre whereits needed most though!

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