Taco Bell coming to Batesburg-Leesville

New fast-food restaurant expected to hire more than three dozen employees

Continuing a trend of new development in the Batesburg-Leesville area, a Columbia-based developer on Wednesday said it plans to build a Taco Bell slated to open early next year.


(Image provided by Cason Development Group)

Representatives of Cason Development Group said the planned 2,200-square-foot, free-standing restaurant and drive-thru will be located at 177 E. Church St., next to Walmart, in the growing Leesville commercial district.

The restaurant is the first project in The Shoppes at Fox Manor, a redevelopment by Cason of the 3.4-acre Mitchell/Hendrix property.

Investment in the project is estimated at $1.5 million, said Cason’s owner Frank Cason. The restaurant is being developed for Prepared for You Inc., a South Carolina-based Taco Bell franchisee.

Construction of the Leesville restaurant is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017. The restaurant is expected to hire 40 workers, said co-owner Gary Feathers.

Boyer Commercial Construction of Columbia will be the general contractor for the project, while Stutts & Williams of Lexington will be the site contractor.