WEST FARGO — The Taco John’s on Main Avenue here has closed after nearly 50 years of business.
Signs on the doors and windows at the Tex-Mex fast food outlet at 110 Main Ave. E. placed the blame for the closure on a tight labor market.
“Due to lack of staffing, this location is closed,” a note on Taco John’s letterhead said. “Thank you for nearly 50 years of patronage. Please visit our other West Fargo location at 1560 13th Ave. E. and we will be more than happy to serve you.”
It was unclear Tuesday, July 12, when the restaurant closed, though signage on the front of the building had already been removed.
There was no indication on a Taco John’s Facebook page linked to the Main Avenue restaurant that it had been closed.
Taco John’s operates and franchises more than 380 quick-service restaurants. The business opened its first restaurant in 1969 in Cheyenne, Wyo.
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The Mexican segment of the restaurant industry is expected to take in $66.7 billion in revenue in 2021, according to IBISWorld, an industry market research firm.
As the economy continues its climb out of the worst of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, firms around the nation have found it more difficult to hire and retain employees. Workers, particularly in lower-paying occupations in the restaurant, retail and service industries, have been weighing their options, such as seeking out better pay and benefits, switching careers, going back to school, or retiring.