Glen William Bell

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Glen William Bell Jr., was born in Lynwood, California back in 1923. After graduating from the San Bernardino High School in 1941 he joined the United States Marine Corps serving as a cook during WWII.

After being discharged he opened up his first hot dog stand in San Bernardino in 1948. In 1952, he sold that hot dog stand and built a second one where he served hot dogs and hamburgers. It was after opening up his second restaurant that he started selling something else (more on that in a moment). He opened up three more restaurants in Long Beach between 1954-1955, concentrating on just one food item.

He sold that business in 1955, opening up another restaurant that is still in operation to this day. in 1978, he sold the restaurant chain to PepsiCo for $125 million in stock.

Now, that business he started in 1955 was Taco Bell. We have one less than a half of a mile from our current home.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray my entire family loves Mexican food.... not my favorite but I have a list of those now.... 

Feb 23, 2019 04:37 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

One for the money, two for the show and three let's get ready and go!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 23, 2019 04:45 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

That was a great sale price.

Feb 23, 2019 04:51 AM #4
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

What an interesting post. There are many Taco Bells in Austin but with so many local business offering excellent Mexican cuisine it amazes me they could compete.

Feb 23, 2019 05:24 AM #5
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  One wonderful success story for this man and everyone in his circle.

Feb 23, 2019 05:30 AM #6
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Interesting history of Taco Bell, James.  That is my sister-in-laws favorite place to eat which, honestly, I find a little sad.  LOL

Feb 23, 2019 06:05 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What an incredible story and man. Thank you.

Feb 23, 2019 06:11 AM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - My father-in-law was a friend and neighbor of one of the contractors who helped build those early franchises. He even did some work on the interior setup. BUT I did not know the rest of the story! Thank you.

Feb 23, 2019 07:08 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


And we have many of them in California.  I don't think we have ever been to a taco bell.  We are too finicky!  LOL

Feb 23, 2019 07:46 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is never a place I would go to eat since I don't do fast foods but kudos to him.

Feb 23, 2019 08:00 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - great story.  Now we know where the Bell in Taco Bell came from.

Feb 23, 2019 08:21 AM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 I would have never of associated Taco Bell with the founders name James Dray 

Feb 23, 2019 08:39 AM #13
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow James, I had that wrong in my mind, I figure it was a gal that started Taco Bell.  But I looked it up and you are right again.


Feb 23, 2019 09:04 AM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James we had friends from Boston tell us that Taco Bell has  this fantastic ..... so on our way to Malibu one year we had to stop .... funny part is what we had was really good, don't ask me what it was... will have to ask our friends....Endre

Feb 23, 2019 01:42 PM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I hate never given much thought about the origins of Taco Bell James. I enjoyed learning about the exploits of Glen William Bell.

Feb 23, 2019 02:53 PM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- as someone from Texas, I can tell you that Taco Bell is not bad!!!  It's inexpensive for great for a lot of budgets!!  

Feb 23, 2019 04:55 PM #17
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for the insights into the origins  of Taco Bell.  This just shows what a little hard work and determination can accomplish.

Feb 23, 2019 08:40 PM #18
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi James - when I saw the name, the birth year and birthplace I thought I knew "the story behind the story". I was thinking of a different Bell.

Feb 24, 2019 08:19 AM #19
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

James Dray I love Taco Johns... TB not so much.

Feb 24, 2019 06:13 PM #20
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I guess   you could say he did his "one thing" and perfected his creation with that single goal in mind.

Feb 25, 2019 07:39 AM #21
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