Taco Bell adds 5th restaurant in Cleveland, Tennessee

**FILE** Customers take advantage of sunny skies and eat outside a Taco Bell restaurant in this Dec. 5, 2006, file photo in Burbank, Calif. Fast-food chain operator Yum Brands Inc. is expected to release earnings on Monday, Oct. 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Ric Francis, file)

Taco Bell will open its fifth location Monday in Cleveland, Tennessee, as the Mexican-inspired fast food giant continues to expand in the Chattanooga area where local franchisees now operate nearly three dozen Taco Bell outlets.

Taco Bell's biggest franchisee in the Southeast, the Tacala Companies headquartered near Birmingham, Alabama, has built a 2,700-square-foot Taco Bell at 3089 Pleasant Grove Place SW in Cleveland and hired 30 workers to staff the new eatery. The newest Taco Bell opening Aug. 1 will be open every day from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.

"The Cleveland community members are loyal and supportive fans of Taco Bell," Wendy Graham, Tacala's area coach, said in an announcement of the new facility. "Our new location also provides us the opportunity to fundraise even more for our local Boys & Girls Clubs through our Round-Up 365 program."