Once upon a time on December 21st, 2015 we reported that Taco Bell was coming to Grand Avenue in West Duluth. Then nothing happened. #wahwah

Sometimes plans fall through and we are truly sorry for that.

Good news though, plans have been revived for a Taco Bell on Grand Avenue but this time around it's planned for a new site at 4426 Grand Avenue. While the address states that it is on Grand Avenue the site is actually tucked behind a Subway location and will be accessible off of N 44th Avenue W. Currently the site is a gravel parking lot.


The Grand Avenue location will be a 2,723 square foot building that will have a drive-thru and a parking lot with space for 23 vehicles. 

Believe it or not, it may actually be a good thing that the first location wasn't constructed when it was originally proposed in 2015. Why? Taco Bell has come out with a whole new design for their stores since then that has re-energized the brand and created a great space to dine and hangout in.

Taco Bell has a great article on their website about the four new store designs that they introduced for their restaurants. The designs are mean't to play off the neighborhood and vibe of the city. What this allows for is a unique experience for customers that will differ from each Taco Bell they visit.

Taco Bell currently has one Duluth location on Central Entrance while another location is also currently being constructed on London Road in Duluth at the corner of London Road and 21st Avenue E. A location also recently opened in Cloquet.

Both of the new Duluth locations are being developed by Marvin Development IV, LLC.


Taco Bell plans Grand Avenue location

UPDATE: The developer has withdrawn plans from the City of Duluth's Planning Commission for the Taco Bell location planned for Grand Avenue. It is unclear at the moment if the project will move forward at a later date, however Taco Bell is still actively looking for a suitable site for a West Duluth location.

Lovers of Taco Bell we have good news. 

Next year you will have another location to satisfy those intense cravings at any hour of the day. Marvin Development IV, LLC will submit plans at the January 12th Duluth Planning Commission meeting for a new Taco Bell to be constructed on Grand Avenue in West Duluth.

The new freestanding building would be constructed on two plots, 4216 Grand Avenue which currently has a single family home and 4218 Grand Avenue which currently is home to a commercial building. It would be located directly next to Essentia Health's West Duluth Clinic and across from Kwik Trip.

The new 2,170 square foot building will have a dining area with 40 seats and will feature the newest prototype design. The site will also feature a drive thru along with 24 parking spaces. This will be Taco Bell's second Duluth location. The Central Entrance location at the Stone Ridge Shopping Center has been open for nearly 20 years and was renovated last year. 

If the project is approved by the Duluth Planning Commission construction would likely begin this Spring with a completion in late Summer.