Students mourn the loss of Taco Bell: What will come next?

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Students mourn the loss of Taco Bell: What will come next?

Senior Bailey Davidson kneels in front of the old Taco Bell, praying that a new Chick-fil-A will take its place. There is much speculation about what will occupy the mysterious white building next.

Senior Bailey Davidson kneels in front of the old Taco Bell, praying that a new Chick-fil-A will take its place. There is much speculation about what will occupy the mysterious white building next.

Senior Bailey Davidson kneels in front of the old Taco Bell, praying that a new Chick-fil-A will take its place. There is much speculation about what will occupy the mysterious white building next.

Senior Bailey Davidson kneels in front of the old Taco Bell, praying that a new Chick-fil-A will take its place. There is much speculation about what will occupy the mysterious white building next.

Alexis Marvin, spread & managing editor

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Chomp. Chomp. Chomp. I sit in my car and chew. I feel my arteries shriveling up one taco at a time. I’m not sure about the origin of the tomato that just fell onto my lap, or if the cheese that fills my mouth is even real. It’s from the restaurant we all know, and some of us love. Taco Bell.

Taco Bell on Fleming Road shut down in early July, and it has sent its old customers into a frenzy.

“If I’m being honest, I’m really distressed about Taco Bell shutting down. I’m really upset,” senior Bailey Davidson said.

While some may think Taco Bell is repulsive and disgusting, others found satisfaction in ordering their favorite items on the menu.

“I would get a Baja Blast and some Cinnabon Delights,” senior Jewelie Roberts said.

Fast food may not be the healthiest choice in the world, but the prices and the convenience are undeniable factors that go into why so many Americans frequent fast food chains. That is no less true than for those who lived by the Taco Bell on Fleming road.

“I liked how close it was to my house and how affordable it was,” Roberts said.

Still others seem to have trouble finding other options that are close to home, at the same price.

“I think it’s sad that on this side of town, we don’t have a wide variety of options when it comes to fast food or even restaurants,” English teacher Andrea Julian said. “I live near Guilford College, and I feel to go to a more varied restaurant, I have to drive a bit.”

Now that the Taco Bell has ceased to exist, where will people go?

“I’m either going to go to the Taco Bell that’s, like, 20 miles away, or going to be forced to eat at the McDonald’s next door,” Davidson said.  “I don’t like them, reveling in their money. But their breakfast is great.”

People are speculating and hoping about what may take Taco Bell’s place. Some prefer something that perhaps is a bit more suitable for human consumption.

“I’d like to see a healthier option take Taco Bell’s place, but still something that my kids would like. Maybe something a little bit more fresh,” Julian said.

On the other hand, some students appreciate the convenience of fast food and hope that another chain goes up in its place.

“I heard that a Bojangles is going to be placed there. I’d rather it be Chick-Fil-A, but it’s probably going to be something like Bojangles,” Roberts said.

However, according to an article courtesy of the Triad Business Journal, a bagel shop is projected to take its place.

Whatever goes up in place of Taco Bell, here’s to hoping that it gets more business.

 

 

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