Sumiton approves Taco Bell project


SUMITON – Construction on a Taco Bell in Sumiton is expected to begin soon after the project was approved by the Sumiton City Council on Monday.

The new construction will take place on a plot of land adjacent to Wal-Mart in Sumiton on the side where the Murphy USA gas station is located. Mayor Petey Ellis said the restaurant will be a welcomed addition to the city.

“Any time we can add a business in the city, that is something to celebrate,” Ellis said. “This will be a brand-new design for a Taco Bell. It will be very nice.”

Marjorie Perlman, chief marketing officer with Tacala Companies, said construction on the restaurant is expected to begin in September. It is scheduled as a 90-day build, with an opening hopefully before the end of the year.

“That is a very good area for us,” Perlman said. The company owns 319 Taco Bell locations with 106 in Alabama, including the Jasper and Dora restaurants. “We have wonderful teams there, and our customers are like family to us.”

Perlman said the company is focused on the Sumiton location. She could not comment on the future of the nearby Dora location, saying “it will be evaluated.”

The Sumiton location will feature a 20-seat, outdoor patio as well as 61 seats inside the restaurant. Perlman said the drive-thru and inside will also feature the latest technology with digital menus. 

In other action, the council:

• Approved funding for a Back to School event. 

• Appointed election officers for the upcoming municipal election.

• Approved resolutions electing Kenneth Russell and Floyd Burton to the council because they do not have opposition in the Aug. 25 municipal election.