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CIB to buy ‘fast food row’ next to Grand Wayne Center

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – The property that Taco Bell, King Gyros and the Rally’s restaurants that sit along West Jefferson Boulevard could soon have a new owner.

On Thursday, the Capital Improvement Board approved a $6 million purchase agreement for the property that’s right next to the Grand Wayne Center.

That proximity is not a coincidence.

CIB board member Don Steininger says the organization will buy the property with the Grand Wayne Center’s growth in mind.

“The Grand Wayne Center is locked in on three sides. You can’t go anywhere but west,” Steininger said.

“We felt as though while we could, we should protect our flank… down the road it could be anything,” he said.

Eric Robertson, a representative of the Taco Bell franchise in question, says he is concerned about employees who have been working there for decades.

“It’s not what we signed up for. We expected to be there for 20 years,” Robertson said.

“We would hate to lose it because we provide great value for the system in Fort Wayne,” he added.

There are no immediate plans for the space at this point.

Last year, the city passed on putting a possible downtown event center along the property.

Corinne Rose contributed to this story.

Kayla Crandall

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