Rain showers and cloudy skies couldn’t dampen the spirit yesterday morning in Richmond.
City and business leaders joined in welcoming Richmond’s newest business owners to town with a ground breaking for a KFC / Taco Bell restaurant.
Owners Rajeev and Dimple Jain were joined by family members to put the gold shovels to dirt in yesterday’s ceremony. The new location will be next to Subway on Highway 13, and Rajeev said construction would begin next week with hopes of opening by the middle of May.
Rajeev said this is the first business for he and his wife who brought along their three-year-old son Rishab. The couple also has two daughters who did not attend.
Rajeev said they visited 10 other communities before choosing Richmond. He said the city moved to the top of the list after the first visit.
“You know when you get that feeling, kind of like love at first sight?” Rajeev explained. “Richmond gave us that feeling.”
Rajeev told the crowd gathered that a warm feeling he got while talking with people here sealed the deal.
“Everybody has just been so great. The people, they are just so wonderful,” he said. “I don’t have any words to express it.”
Rajeev said he chose the franchise because of the brand name. He said he lived off Taco Bell while attending college at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and now he loves it.
“We grew up with Taco Bell. Our kids love Taco Bell. We could take them to Taco Bell everyday and not get tired of it,” he said.
Rajeev said he has already hired three managers and they are currently in Houston, Texas for training. He said he hopes to start hiring the rest of the staff by the middle of April.
Photo from front page: Three-year-old Rishab Jain, son of Rajeev and Dimple Jain and owners of the soon-to-be KFC/Taco Bell in Richmond, was ready to join in the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning at the restaurant site on Highway 13, next to Subway. Dimple said construction for the new restaurant will begin next week. (Photo by JoEllen Black/The Daily News)