Employees at the restaurant said they were short-staffed and were hiring positions. Signs posted at the restaurant’s front door and drive-thru window said open interviews for shift leaders and assistant managers would start Nov. 9.
The Herald received a tip that there was a sign posted at the restaurant saying it was “closed due to abandonment,” but staff said a former employee who was angry posted the sign. The restaurant had nothing to do with that sign and it is open for business, staff said.
The restaurant has struggled to hire and keep employees due to a tight hiring market, said Rob Zastre, a regional general manager based in Fargo who oversees the Grand Forks location. He said he visited the store Wednesday afternoon and nothing appeared out of the ordinary.
Grand Forks staff with the restaurant declined to speak on the record and deferred questions to the franchise owner. He also declined to comment and deferred questions to Taco Bell’s media relations.
A media representative with Taco Bell said she had no further information on the situation in Grand Forks.