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What Are the Site Requirements for Del Taco?

What Are the Site Requirements for Del Taco?

Are you interested in learning the site requirements we prefer when building a Del Taco franchise?

At Del Taco, we have a wide variety of land, demographic, and site characteristics we look for when identifying a location for a new restaurant.

In this article and video, we will go over the exact specifications we prefer when building a Del Taco franchise.

Del Taco Preferred Site Characteristics

From high school seniors to senior citizens, we’ve found Del Taco typically has broad appeal in communities with these site characteristics:

  • Land Size: +25,000 Square Feet
  • Building Size: +1,200 Square Feet
  • Population: +10,000 (1 Mile)
  • Employment: +3,000 (1 Mile)
  • Household Income: Average $65,000
  • Traffic Counts: +25,000 Daily

Whether you decide to build a free-standing location or convert an existing building, our Fresh Flex Prototype gives you access to a wide variety of real estate opportunities.

Plus, our sophisticated site selection software can help you identify the perfect location for your future Del Taco restaurants.

How Does Del Taco Find New Restaurant Locations?

At Del Taco, we use a multi-pronged approach to help you find and identify potential real estate options in the markets you’re interested in.

Here are some of the various tools we use to give a comprehensive market analysis to our franchisees:

  • Industry Leading GIS Software: We utilize GIS software to help identify potential market points using dozens of data points to narrow down your search for great potential locations.
  • Boots-on-the-Ground: Additionally, we also employ a traditional "boots-on-the-ground" approach by having our internal Real Estate Development Managers visit markets to confirm what our GIS software shows as potential locations.
  • Leveraging Third Parties: In some cases, we will work with third-party brokers to provide additional insights to expand on our digital and physical site identification tools.

These are just a few of the ways our team works to give you a better understanding of your options when preparing to build a new restaurant.

Del Taco Menu of Venues

Our flexible construction plan allows us to build Del Taco locations in many different traditional and non-traditional venue types.

Here are some of our most popular venues:

  • Free-Standing Buildings
  • Conversions
  • Endcaps
  • Co-Development
  • Convenience Stores (C-Stores)
  • Travel Plazas
  • Airports
  • Stadiums
  • College Campuses
  • Military Bases

These are just a few of the options you can pick from on our menu of venues at Del Taco.

Who Owns the Real Estate Associated with Del Taco?

As a franchisee with Del Taco, you’ll be required to purchase or lease the property where your restaurants are located.

Our real estate and leasing team is available to help you find real estate and assist with any lease negotiations you may have.

Do I Have to Live in the Market Where I Build?

Today's competitive quick-serve restaurant industry calls for ownership groups with strong restaurant operational backgrounds.

To qualify, your group must have at least one person with recent multi-unit restaurant operations experience and the ability and desire to enrich people’s lives through exceptional customer service, guest experience, and employee satisfaction.

This operating partner must live in the market, and we prefer they have at least a 10% ownership in the Del Taco operations.

For franchise candidates that meet our business acumen standards, we may allow this person to be designated once you get closer to opening your locations.

Check Out These Additional Resources

We hope this article gave you a better understanding of the site requirements for a Del Taco franchise.

At Del Taco, our restaurant development team works with our franchisees every step of the way to make the process as seamless as possible.

Here are some additional online resources you may like to check out:

If you have any questions, please contact our franchise sales and support team.

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