Right across the street from the ice cream shop Frosty Dan’s, a new restaurant is underway. A Taco Bell is scheduled to open its doors this summer, attracting hungry customers driving past on I-94 and at the college.
“Since I’ve been here, there’s a Taco Bell in Marshall. And it’s 15 to 20 minutes away,” said Deer Park, Wis., first-year Camille Hall. “I’ve been going there because I miss it, so I’m really excited to have it close.”
In the past, Taco Bell tried to establish their business in Albion, but due to challenges, it was not given an opportunity to do so until now.
“This time we were able to get everyone on board and make it happen,” said Sheryl Mitchell, the city manager of Albion. “We’re getting more inquiries. People are seeing this as a viable area for new businesses, especially restaurants.”
However, there is concern that a Taco Bell will draw business away from the small restaurants like Lopez Taco House and La Casa Mexicana. Yet Mitchell thinks that this new installment will have the opposite effect. She believes people who come off the highway for the fast food will notice what else Albion has to offer.
“I think, if anything, it will start drawing people to the community in general,” said Mitchell.
Overall, there is much anticipation for the new Taco Bell to open.
“I like the growing food opportunities that the town is getting,” said Grosse Pointe, Mich. senior Kallyn Conley. “It will definitely keep business in Albion instead of [customers having to go] to Marshall or Jackson for Taco Bell.”
Photo by Taylor Anhalt