NEWMAN - Ground was broken last week for the Newman Taco Bell, as heavy equipment operators began preparing the pad for construction.
The latest addition to Newman’s selection of chain eateries is expected to open in late November, said project developer Sunny Ghai, president of Livermore-based Ghai Management Services.
The popular fast-food outlet’s entry to the Newman market was announced in 2017, but the better part of two years passed from the time the Planning Commission gave its blessing to the project and the ground-breaking.
The restaurant is located in the West Side Marketplace Shopping Center, directly across the southern entry from Burger King.
Ghai, whose company owns 33 Taco Bell outlets and 106 Burger King stores, told Mattos Newspapers in 2018 that he was looking forward to bringing the chain to Newman and the immediate West Side market.
“We feel that people are entitled to more (restaurant) choices, and that helps create jobs,” he stated. We are very happy to give an additional offering to the population in Newman and the surrounding area.”
He said Newman fits well with the company’s focus on “developing in smaller towns in the Central Valley to cater to the needs of the rural people and to create jobs.”
He indicated last week that the Taco Bell will be staffed by about 12 full-time and 15 part-time employees.
The nearest Taco Bell outlets are in Santa Nella and Patterson, Ghai noted in past interviews, so the Newman location offers a market niche for the popular chain.
The Taco Bell project represents the first development in the second phase of the West Side Marketplace Shopping Center, which first opened in the mid-1990s.