IRVINE — Taco Bell Corp. is weighing the possibility of moving from Irvine when its corporate headquarters lease expires in late 1996, company officials said Tuesday.
Taco Bell, which has 800 corporate employees at its Von Karman Avenue office building, is "considering a variety of options, including remaining in Irvine," Taco Bell spokeswoman Janis Smith said. "Our lease expires in November, 1996, but no decision has been made, . . . and it's too early to speculate."
Taco Bell, which moved into its gleaming headquarters building in 1986, has retained a handful of consultants, including Los Angeles-based Cushman Realty Corp., to help determine its future real estate needs.
Last month, executives at Taco Bell, a subsidiary of soft-drink giant Pepsico Inc., told Irvine officials that the company was "going to analyze all options available to them," Irvine City Manager Paul O. Brady Jr. said Tuesday. "My best information is that they would like to stay where they are or at least in Irvine."