NEW: Plans underway to transform old Wellington KFC into Taco Bell


Plans are underway to bring new life to a building that formerly housed a KFC in Wellington.

The village’s Architectural Review Board on Jan. 17 reviewed a proposal to open a Taco Bell at the site at 13905 Wellington Trace in the Wellington Marketplace plaza.

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The fried-chicken joint went out of business about four years ago and the building has been vacant since, said Michael Palmer, who represented Yum Brands franchisee Luihn Cos. of North Carolina at the review. Yum Brands owns Taco Bell, along with other major fast-food chains including KFC and Pizza Hut.

The property’s owner, JAHA Holdings, has asked Wellington to approve an updated drive-through lane, a reconfigured parking lot and outdoor seating.

The board last week recommended some signing changes to the plans, including shifting where the Taco Bell logo and name sit on the north side of the building. Board members voted unanimously to approve the plans. The project now will move through Wellington’s development review process.

“Ideally we’ll be completed by the end of April,” Palmer said after the meeting.



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