Taco Bell/KFC employees scramble to keep up with orders on opening day. (Mary Donaldson photo)
brand new Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell is Yum Brands first store
combination of its kind in Alaska, and had it’s grand opening to the public Monday.
There was a flurry
of people both in the drive through and standing in the long lines in the lobby
waiting to order from Dan Rohrer’s new KFC-Taco Bell store. Debbie Rohrer is
his sister and has been helping him get the new store ready for today, along
with managing his Subway stores. She says business has been out the door,
They have been
busy taking orders since they opened their doors at 10 A.M. today, and she
expects things to get even busier when lunch crowds arrived.
says that sales have been half-and-half, with customers ordering KFC or Taco
Bell equally. She said right before lunch though, they were trying to keep up with
all of the large orders of chicken coming in from the customers.
Jasmine Small is a
customer and says she is willing to wait in the crowded building on opening day
so she can get some of the food for her kids, which will be a combination of
KFC and Taco Bell menu items. She says it’s taking a while to receive her food
and that she will battle the noise and long wait since her children are really
excited to eat the food.
Even some of
Kodiak’s youngest are excited to order from the new menus in town, and know
exactly what they want, like five-year-old Owen. He seems barely old enough to
comprehend what a KFC or a Taco Bell is, but he says he wants to order a taco,
no wait, make that a soft taco.
The KFC-Taco Bell
store will be open from 10 A.M. until midnight, operating seven days a week.
Dan Rohrer is no stranger to Kodiak fast food. His company owns both Subways in