Com­mis­sion ap­proves pro­posal by Taco Bell

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - LYNN KUTTER

FARM­ING­TON — Dairy Queen opened a new restau­rant in Farm­ing­ton last year and now Taco Bell is com­ing to town.

The Farm­ing­ton Plan­ning Com­mis­sion re­cently ap­proved the large-scale de­vel­op­ment plan for a Taco Bell. The restau­rant will be be­tween the Wal-Mart Neigh­bor­hood Mar­ket and Casey’s Gen­eral Store on Main Street.

The un­de­vel­oped land be­tween the two busi­nesses has been split and Taco Bell will be in the 0.66-acre lot near­est to the mar­ket. It will have two en­trances, one off Main Street and a shared drive­way with the mar­ket. An empty lot will be be­tween Casey’s and Taco Bell.

“There’s noth­ing spe­cial about it. It will be just like the oth­ers,” Ge­of­frey Bates with Bates & As­so­ci­ates en­gi­neer­ing firm told the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion at its June 26 meet­ing.

The land is owned by Oak­land Farms LLC. Bates said G. Oney & As­so­ci­ates has a con­tract to pur­chase the land, pend­ing ap­proval of the large scale de­vel­op­ment plan.

Ger­ald Oney with G. Oney & As­so­ci­ates of Wal­nut Shade, Mo., said his firm has built 190 Taco Bell restau­rants for fran­chisee K-Mac En­ter­prises Inc., of Fort Smith. K-Mac will be the fran­chisee for the Farm­ing­ton Taco Bell. Oney said the Main Street site will be a good lo­ca­tion for Taco Bell.

“I think the de­vel­op­ment is im­prov­ing out that way,” Oney said by tele­phone. “There are other [Taco Bell] restau­rants in that area and it’s time for one in Farm­ing­ton.”

The firm will close on pur­chas­ing the land in mid-July and con­struc­tion should start in the lat­ter part of July. Oney said it should take about 75 cal­en­dar days to build the new restau­rant.

The large-scale de­vel­op­ment plans show the build­ing will have 2,250 square feet, will seat a ca­pac­ity of 50 cus­tomers and has 24 park­ing spa­ces and two hand­i­capped spa­ces.

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