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How Much It Costs to Open a Taco Bell

Slinging chalupas is not cheap.


It may be a stoner's pipe dream to own a Taco Bell — and with ownership, unlimited access to all things waffle taco and candy-flavored slurpees — but that dream does not come cheap. While most items on Taco Bell's menu are just a few dollars, it takes some serious cash to become a Taco Bell franchisee. Check out a breakdown of the numbers below:

$750,000: How much you need in liquid assets for Taco Bell to even approve you to become a franchisee.

$1,500,000: Your minimum net worth in order to open a franchise.

$45,000: The fee you must pay to Taco Bell to own a franchise.

$1,200,000: The average start up and construction costs to build a new Taco Bell. Could be as high as $2.5 million.

$175,000: How much it costs to acquire an already existing Taco Bell. Could be as high as $1.4 million.

$1,400,000: The yearly sales of an average Taco Bell.

$116,000: What it costs to open a Subway instead.

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