Mexican fast food chain arrives in Panama

The Taco Maker will open 22 restaurants in Panama in the next three years, with Costa Rica as its next destination.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Mexican fast food franchise, The Taco Maker, announced yesterday that it is entering the Panamanian market.

The company plans to open 22 restaurants in the next three years, and hopes to have "the first three in operation by 2009," according to Carlos Budet, president of FransGlobal Corporation, the firm that owns The Taco Maker.

The franchise rights in Panama have been acquired by to Puerto Rican businessmen who were attracted to Panama because of "the political stability, the economy and sustained growth in the country."

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The Mexican food franchise inaugurated its first restaurant in the country, out of the 20 it plans for the next 8 years.

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