Welcome Fairmont, MN, Our 200th Restaurant!

On Dec. 17, we opened the doors of our 200th restaurant in Fairmont, MN–a milestone for every team member. It’s hard to believe that we started with just six restaurants located in regional shopping centers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in 1987! “Not in our wildest dreams could we image that today we’d be the predominant Taco Bell operator in the upper Midwest,” said Lee Engler, Founder and CEO. “What…

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  • Giving

Border Team Members Give Back at Second Harvest Heartland

On Dec. 5, team members from Border Foods HQ, along with local leaders, gathered at Second Harvest Heartland to give back to the community. “Generosity is an important part of our business. Not only do we value giving back to our team members, but also to the communities we do business in,” said Aaron Engler, Chief Administrative and Financial Officer. According to their website, Second Harvest Heartland is a nonprofit…

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  • Human Resources

Photo Gallery: Grow Your Career Day

By now you know: Border Foods is full of opportunity. But what kind, exactly? To answer the question for our team members, our Human Resources Business Partners have been traveling Border’s markets, hosting a new event called Grow Your Career Day. Corrine Kindred, an HRBP, says: “It’s a fun, high energy way for our teams to learn about all of the exciting benefits around growing their career with us.” At…

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  • Recognition

40 Years With Taco Bell!

In 1979, Border Foods founders Jeff and Lee Engler opened their first Mexican restaurant called Los Primos. Little did they know, 40 years later, they’d be at the helm of one of the largest Taco Bell franchisees in the nation. At Border Foods, tenure means everything to us. And we think 40 years in the industry is something to celebrate! So, on Oct. 25, we surprised Jeff and Lee with…

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  • Culture

Celebrating Summer with Free Family Fun

Every year, Border Foods hosts a set of Family Days. These special, complimentary get-togethers give Border Foods team members a chance to spend time together outside of the restaurant. Plus, families can tag along, meet co-workers, and enjoy the fun. New this year, we extended complimentary amusement park tickets (and in some cases, Fandango tickets) to every Shift Manager position — a reflection of the business’s success.  

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  • Operations

Border Foods grows with 13 new restaurants

In the beginning of July, our company acquired 13 new Taco Bell restaurants in the Quad Cities area! We’re already well on our way, learning from our new team members and getting to know this new market. We’ve also given our new team members a proper Border Foods welcome with special notes, dinners, and celebrations! New area at a glance Meet the team Locust St., IA—RGM: Angela Hautzenrader Cleveland, IA—RGM:…

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  • Team Member Spotlight

Team Member Spotlight: Rich Ruuti

Last October, if you were out and about on Halloween night in Area 23, you may have stumbled into a peculiar sight: Border Foods Area Coach Rich Ruuti dressed in a professor costume, checking in on his restaurants. Today, Rich is known as “Professor ICOS,” a tag line that was born from his creative costume that evening. But he’s also embodying the nick name to its fullest. Fast-forward to today,…

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  • Giving

WATCH: Border and Carol Williams Scholarship Recipients Revealed

When it comes to working at Border Foods, one thing’s for sure: We’re about more than just making tacos (although let’s admit it, our tacos are pretty dang tasty). This month marked the inaugural unveiling of the Border Foods and Carol Williams Scholarship recipients — an event that took our scholars by complete surprise as Border leaders traveled to a few locations to deliver checks and celebrate with friends and…

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  • Giving
  • Human Resources

Partnership with Community Rebuilders helps make lives better

Throughout our Taco Bell locations in Michigan, something special is happening. Thanks to Region Coach Vince Bosscher and his team, homeless community members in need can have a chance to work at our restaurants and start new lives for themselves. The program is called Community Rebuilders, and it uses government grants to help folks find housing and work. Plus, the program supports the new employee until they’ve saved enough money…

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  • Giving

Border Foods Raises $300k for Taco Bell Foundation

Twice a year, Border Foods team members participate in a nation-wide fundraiser for the Taco Bell Foundation and the Live Más Scholarship program. The scholarship allows Taco Bell team members to fund higher education goals and ultimately achieve their goals. In order to bring these scholarships to life, for two weeks this Spring, we asked customers in our stores make a donation. And wow, did they ever: In total, we…

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