Taco John’s International Inc. announced that same-store sales are up at the brand for the third month in a row. From May through August, comp sales were up by an average of 6.85 percent each month.

“The way our system has been able to maneuver and grow through this pandemic is incredible and speaks to the recession-resistant nature of our franchise model,” says Brooks Speirs, vice president for franchise development at the legacy brand. “We’re looking forward to continued strong sales and unit growth as Taco John’s evolves and adapts, while staying true to our beloved roots.”

Today’s announcement comes on the heels of an exciting several weeks for the brand. Taco John’s has celebrated nearly half a dozen openings since the outset of the pandemic across Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee and Indiana. Additionally, the brand recently hired a new Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Operating Officer as it drives growth and enhanced franchisee support. Earlier this year, Taco John’s added several new items to its menu, including fan-favorite “The Boss” burrito.

“The wind is at our back – the momentum behind our brand is so exciting,” adds Speirs. “We’re growing, adding to our menu and experiencing unprecedented sales growth. We’ve thrived for more than 50 years through strong economic times and slowdowns alike. Today is no different. If there’s one thing we’ve proven, it’s that Taco John’s is here to stay.”

With booming sales and unit growth up at the iconic brand, Taco John’s is seeking to grow through franchising with qualified operators through the end of the year. Fueled by more than five decades of steady growth, a significant footprint of nearly 400 units open today and new branding, Taco John’s is an attractive opportunity for franchisees seeking a proven, national brand that has unmatched opportunities for growth.

Differentiating itself in the popular Mexican quick-service segment, Taco John’s prides itself on a unique menu that features scratch-made ingredients. Its commitment to quality has established the brand as the go-to restaurant in its markets. Additionally, its significant drive-thru business, which historically represents just under 65% of system wide sales, has helped insulate the brand from recent market shifts.

The Taco John’s franchise opportunity separates itself as a thriving legacy brand with strong unit-level economics, prime markets available for multi-unit development and unique menu. The brand has recently launched several new and innovative menu items, a new refreshed brand look and feel, and is rolling out a systemwide remodel program, all serving to attract new consumers and retain longtime fans. As Taco John’s expands, it is seeking qualified, experienced and passionate franchisees, franchise groups and convenience store operators to develop the concept in key markets.

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