Taco Bell Founder - Glen W. Bell Jr. dies

January 19th, 2010 - 8:40 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

bellx-mug-shot Rancho Santa Fe, Jan 19 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The founder of the fast-food chain Taco Bell – Glen W. Bell Jr. has died. He died on Sunday at his home in Rancho Santa Fe. He was 86 years of age. The Taco Bell administrative office confirmed his death. The cause of his death was not known. Bell was born on Sept. 3, 1923 in Lynwood, Calif. His wife, two sons, three sisters and four grandchildren survive him.

Glen Bell had started the popular fast food chain Taco Bell in 1962. Prior to this, he had experimented with other fast-food restaurants in Los Angeles, but they weren’t successful. But after the launch of Taco Bell, there was no looking back.

Taco Bell provides food and nourishment to more than 36.8 million people each week. There are more than 5,600 Taco Bell outlets in the U.S. alone. “The entire Taco Bell family of franchises and employees are deeply saddened by the loss of the founder of Taco Bell. Glen Bell was a visionary and innovator in the restaurant industry, as well as a dedicated family man,” said Greg Creed, president of Taco Bell.

“His innovative business acumen started out of humble beginnings and created one of the nation’s largest restaurant chains in Taco Bell. Mr. Bell introduced an entire nation to the taco and Mexican cuisine,” he added.

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