The world’s largest Mexican-inspired restaurant chain has arrived in China’s capital.
Yum China Holdings, Inc. (the “Company” or “Yum China”) (NYSE: YUMC) today announced the opening of a new Taco Bell store in Beijing, its first store in the capital city. The new store, located in Beijing’s Liangmaqiao district, will open its doors to the public on August 21.
“After much anticipation we are thrilled to bring this iconic brand to Beijing. The new store integrates Taco Bell’s signature food and spirit into the local community and we are excited to welcome new and existing Taco Bell customers,” said Joey Wat, CEO of Yum China. “We believe that there is a growing appetite for Taco Bell, and we will continue to review and refine Taco Bell’s service model and offerings for the Chinese market. We also look forward to bringing this fun and dynamic brand to other parts of the country in the future.”
Beijing’s first Taco Bell is located near the heart of the city’s CBD in a prime international and cosmopolitan neighborhood. The Beijing store reflects Taco Bell’s reputation as a culture-centric, lifestyle brand that provides craveable and value-for-money Mexican-inspired food with bold flavors. Similar to Taco Bell’s existing stores in mainland China, this new store features many of the brand’s signature menu items, such as nachos, tacos, quesadillas and burritos, some of which have been adapted to local tastes. In addition, customers can also try new menu items developed exclusively for the Chinese market such as the rice bowl, seasoned bone chicken and taco pizza.
The Beijing store has a cool and modern design that provides a casual and welcoming environment for individuals and groups. Customers will appreciate the fun and colorful wall art, including a locally inspired graffiti wall that celebrates Beijing’s unique landmarks and culture and captures Taco Bell’s “Live Mas” brand philosophy. An open kitchen allows customers to see their meals being prepared, and customers will benefit from Taco Bell’s fast casual service model that includes a mobile self-ordering option and orders delivered directly to designated tables. Building on Yum China’s strong digital capabilities, mobile pre-orders and takeaway are also available in this new store.
Taco Bell has attracted a loyal following since entering mainland China via Shanghai in 2016. In addition to the new Beijing location, the restaurant chain has also recently launched in Shenzhen and Ningbo. Taco Bell currently has 11 stores across mainland China and Yum China will continue to explore opportunities to further grow the brand.
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