KFC renovation, Taco Bell permanently closes in Marshalltown | News, Sports, Jobs

TR PHOTO BY ROBERT MAHARRY The KFC/Taco Bell building at 3007 S. Center St. in Marshalltown is currently undergoing renovations, and it will be just one KFC in the future. The restaurant remains open for drive-thru customers.

The former KFC/Taco Bell restaurant at 3007 S. Center St. in Marshalltown will revert to strictly KFC, and the building is currently being renovated, according to general manager Chris Davenport.

The news comes as large dumpsters have been placed around the property over the past few days. Davenport provided a prepared statement on behalf of Central Iowa KFC Inc. regarding the situation.

“At the time we moved our KFC restaurant from Westwood Drive to South Center Street, the practice of having multiple brands in one building was seen as a positive. We purchased the existing Taco Bell and remodeled it to allow both brands, which we had done in several other locations,” the statement said. “Over the years, this combination was viewed less favorably by the Taco Bell brand, and they decided not to renew the contracts of many of these restaurants, including this one.”

The statement goes on to explain that the company chose to remove the Taco Bell brand because it was contractually obligated to remodel its KFC to the newer image.

“This will make the restaurant much less complex and should improve overall service and operations,” the statement concludes. “Please excuse the necessary issues with the build process. We apologize to our many long-time Taco Bell customers.

KFC will remain open to drive-thru customers during the renovation period.

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