Taco bell franchise changes ownership

A man who started out as an assistant manager trainee has purchased the Taco Bell restaurant franchise in Grand Junction.

Ken Basinger purchased the franchise from John Moss, who opened the first Taco Bell in Grand Junction in 1972.

While Moss retains ownership of several of the Taco Bell properties, Basinger is now sole operator of the restaurants.

Moss hired Basinger in 1977 as an assistant manager trainee. In 1984, Basinger moved to Visalia, Calif., to operate two Taco Bell restaurants there and assist Moss in operating additional locations. The operation now includes five Grand Valley locations and an additional 10 restaurants in California.

Basinger said he has a positive outlook for the company and Taco Bell brand. “We can’t wait to bring new and updated restaurants to the Grand Valley, continue to serve up great-tasting quality food and being more involved in our community.”