News Update!!: Needles, CA: Taco Bell is permanently closed.
Employees at Taco Bell in Needles, California say goodbye as they closed their doors permanently on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016.
This permanent closure of a business is the latest business to close their doors in Needles, California since the lost of CanDam Recycling in late December 2015.
On January 7th, 2016, ZachNews learned from a news tip that the Taco Bell, located at 2603 Columbus Street in Needles, California, was for sale and “will not be renewing lease.”
According to the website Loopnet, “Tenant will be vacating March 2016 and will not renew lease in December 31, 2016. Subject property consist of two parcels, Taco Bell on 0.73 acre and 1.44 acre land parcel. Taco Bell approx. 2,500 square foot, built in 1994 on a 20 year lease. Taco Bell renewed for 2 years extending lease until 12-31-2016. Taco Bell pays $4,584 per month NNN lease. Taco Bell will not be renewing lease. Taco Bell is available with or without additional 1.44 acres. Land development opportunity, available for hotel, gas, food or retail use. Subject offering is approximately 1.44 acres zoned General Commercial directly off of I-40 & River Road, Next to Taco Bell and Carl’s Jr. Site offers off ramp location, extreme visibility to I-40 which has traffic count in excess of 14,400 VPD. Site is located approximately 1 mile from Colorado River with boat launch, has excellent Interstate 40 access.
Property fronts heavily traveled River Road the main Hwy connecting Needles to Laughlin and Bullhead City. Needles is located 22 miles from Laughlin/Bullhead City, 55 miles from Kingman and 93 miles from Las Vegas.”
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ZachNews asked Taco Bell management about the sale and not renewing their lease as well as if this closure had anything to do with not making enough sales or California’s minimum wage law, but they couldn’t comment on why they were closing only confirming the closing of the Taco Bell in Needles, California.
ZachNews also contacted Taco Bell headquarters about the sale and not renewing their lease as well as if this closure had anything to do with not making enough sales or California’s minimum wage law, but never got a reply or comment back.
Only ZachNews broke the news story and since then, people of all ages were deeply sad to lose not only a business, but a part of the Needles, California Family.
Weeks leading up to the day of permanently closing, employees at Taco Bell began preparing for what is needing to be done on that day of closing.
Just 2 hours before permanently closing, people were seen rushing to get in line to place their last order at Taco Bell.
People were also seen taking pictures outside the Taco Bell to remember their favorite place to eat, including a girl who was sad that her favorite place to eat was permanently closing that day.
Outside, employees of Taco Bell began moving boxes into a U-Haul moving truck.
With a wave goodbye, employees at Taco Bell shut their doors at 5:00pm PT permanently closing for business Taco Bell in Needles, California.
** Video from ZachNews on YouTube. **
As the last customers at Taco Bell said their goodbyes, drivers not knowing the Taco Bell was permanently close drove into the drive-thru to order food, but was turned away when they were informed that they’re no loner open.
Just 4 hours after permanently closing, employees of Taco Bell were see taking down window banners, mopping up the floor, closing around outside, and started taking down equipment.
Outside, at least 28 vehicles, 12 semi trucks, and a loaded tow truck drove up to the permanent closed Taco Bell not knowing they were no longer open anymore.
Several semi truckers tell ZachNews that they would always pull into Taco Bell for the evening from a long drive and eat at Taco Bell.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez got to speak to an employees of Taco Bell about the permanent closure of Taco Bell and how customers are reacting to the permanent closure of Taco Bell, including a card drawing a young child made and who was sad that Taco Bell was permanently closing.
** Video from ZachNews on YouTube. **
Unknown what will be done to the property, but hopes are that somebody can come in and open up their business, and hire local people from our community, a community in need of more businesses and jobs.
The community hopes that new businesses come to Needles, California and open up their business, especially in the categories of food such as a grocery store, meat market, and bakery; manufacturing and industry; tourism and entertainment especially for children and teens, medical and dental care services, and transportation service.
Employees of Taco Bell thanked all of their wonderful customers and will miss them all deeply.
The community and ZachNews thank all of the employees at Taco Bell for their many years of business and service to their customers. You will all always be part of the Needles, California Family. Good Luck and Take Care.