That new purple-and-white building near Jack in the Box along Washburn Way? It’s a Taco Bell.
Records from Klamath County’s building department and the city of Klamath Falls confirm that Washington-based D.A. Bentley Construction is working on a new 2,110 square-foot Taco Bell building next to Jack in the Box. It is set to replace the current location just down the road at 3370 Washburn Way.
The fast food chain is also upgrading or adding other shops in Oregon and Washington, including Portland, Roseburg, Sutherlin and Kennewick, Wash., according to the construction firm’s website.
Officials from Taco Bell’s public relations department confirmed in an email that the store would move to the new site, located at 3118 Washburn Way next to Jack in the Box, once the new building finishes, which could be in “late 2018.” No additional details were offered.
Staff from D.A. Bentley did not immediately return phone calls on project costs as of press time.
Though it’s not yet clear what could come of the old building, there’s a good chance it could be remodeled and repurposed for another tenant, according to Klamath Falls Planning Manager Joe Wall.
“I’m just not sure if there’s any movement to reveal on that front yet,” Wall said in a phone interview Wednesday.
Typically, franchise stores, retailers and other franchise businesses are under obligation to redesign or completely rebuild locations as other structures age or do not , Wall added.
In a promotional feature on Taco Bell’s own website, the restaurant chain describes several other design styles in the works that includes design names such as “Modern Explorer,” “Urban Edge” and “California Sol.”
Though not exact to what the new location could be, plans sent to city officials show outdoor design features including fiber cement slats, small wall scones, and a rustwall paneled “corten tower.” The schematics also include design options for capturing storm water and improving irrigation.
Sandwich shop speculation
Another potential food stop also continues to come up in conversation: Jimmy John’s sandwiches.
In May and June, Klamath Falls City Council approved the official annexation of commercial properties at 2922 South Sixth Street, which has also come to be known as the “Starbucks Property.”
City records and planning commission meeting minutes show that the owner, registered under “Curt Baney, LLC,” had plans to build a new “commercial shell building” along the same property. Modoc construction is in charge of the roughly 33,000 square-foot project.
In July, Alex Hannann who works with the Jimmy John’s restaurant franchise said the franchising team was in discussion with the landlord of the space, according to previous reports from the Herald & News.
Though he also heard the rumors, Wall confirmed that it is all, at this point, speculation. He said that no official business licenses have been filed with the city to date.
There’s also more to the small building than meets the eye.
“From what I understand, there are actually going to be two tenants,” Wall said, not dismissing the possibility that it could be two food or drink stops joined together.