Work starts on South Island's first Taco Bell

Construction has begun on Taco Bell Christchurch. Photo: Eastgate Shopping Centre
Construction has begun on Taco Bell Christchurch. Photo: Eastgate Shopping Centre
Christchurch residents are a step closer to having their very own Taco Bell, the first in the South Island.

An update from Eastgate Shopping Centre said construction of the building started on Tuesday.

It is next to a KFC, and within 200m of McDonald's and Burger King. The restaurant is expected to open in the middle of next year.

Taco Bell is owned by Restaurant Brands in New Zealand, which also owns and operates KFC, Pizza Hut and Carl's Jr.

The company opened its first Taco Bell in New Zealand seven months ago in New Lynn, Auckland.

The store has proven to be hugely popular - and in its first two months made $700,000 in sales.

Taco Bell is owned by Restaurant Brands. Photo: Getty Images
Taco Bell is owned by Restaurant Brands. Photo: Getty Images
In the first month, Taco Bell New Lynn sold 40,000 tacos and 18,000 burritos.

A second Auckland Taco Bell store was opened in June last year.

Restaurant Brands is set to spend at least $65 million on its Taco Bell roll-out in Australasia over the next five years.

The Christchurch restaurant opening will be the third of a planned 60 across New Zealand and Australia over the next five years.

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