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Taco John's on West Fargo's Main Avenue closes

According to a note on the doors, the closure of the restaurant was due to a "lack of staffing."

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The Taco John's at 110 Main Ave. E., West Fargo, has closed. The signage on the building had already been removed by Tuesday, July 13, 2021. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

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.

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A note on the window of West Fargo's Main Avenue Taco John's store, seen Tuesday, July 13, 2021, blames the restaurant's closure on a lack of staffing. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

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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Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at hschmidt@forumcomm.com, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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