Local Taco Bell shuts down abruptly

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Franchise owner looking for new location as lease expires on Far Hills Avenue restaurant.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Franchise owner is looking for a new location after high-profile restaurant on Far Hills Avenue closes its doors

A local Taco Bell restaurant closed its doors for good over the weekend, despite a high-profile location on busy Far Hills Avenue (Ohio 48) — but the reason behind the closure may not have been lack of business.

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A  two-word, hand-written “Store Closed” sign greeted customers at the Taco Bell at 5837 Far Hills Ave. just north of Whipp Road on Sunday. The location is surrounded by several long-standing retail businesses, and it’s a half-block from a new Dunkin’ Donuts shop that opened to the public just yesterday, Sunday Dec. 30.

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The lease for the Far Hills restaurant was expiring, and the restaurant’s franchise owner “wants to relocate to a new spot he will own,” Bob Zavakos, senior vice president of NAI Bergman Commercial Real Estate Services, told this news outlet Sunday.

“We are looking at some alternatives in the area,” Zavakos said.

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Taco Bell has been active in the Dayton market in recent years, including a complete raze-rebuild of its restaurant at 1000 Brown St. near the University of Dayton in 2015, and a renovation of a former KeyBank branch that paved the way for a move to larger quarters for its restaurant on Kettering Boulevard near West Dorothy Lane in 2014.

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