After 27 years of service, 71-year-old Barb Fournier wore her Taco Bell uniform for the last time yesterday, June 23rd. “27 years is a long time,” she noted. “I still love people and I’m going to miss my customers.”
Barb was part of the first Riverton Taco Bell crew when the restaurant opened the last week of December in 1993. After a short 10-months, she was promoted to a manager. “I’ve always been kind of proud that my store was always clean,” she shared. Vendors would always comment on how clean everything was when they were there.
One of her memories from the first 6-months after opening is people would come through the drive-thru with their books because it could take 30-minutes to get your food. “It’s definitely not like that anymore,” she chuckled.
She had hopes of making it to the 30-year mark, but due to a heel injury, she decided it’s time to retire. “I’m going to go home for a minute,” she shared when asked what’s next. “Work on family history, and visit my sister.”
Barb has six children all of whom have worked at Taco Bell in some capacity over the years. “My kids are going to be excited because they won’t have to hear about Taco Bell all the time.”
She shared her appreciation for Border Foods (owners of Taco Bell). “They really take care of their employees.”
Enjoy retirement, Barb!