Take Your Child to Work Day at Summerwood!
We had a very busy and productive Take Your Child to Work Day at Summerwood this year! My son Evan loved learning about what it’s like to work at Summerwood. He shadowed me as I prepared the weekly sale entry, he helped file journal entries, and he helped Sue apply postage to a mass mailing that had to go out from the office. During lunch time, he covered the front desk to ensure that all visitors would be greeted with a smile and directed to where they needed to go. After lunch, we visited the City Line Ave Taco Bell, where the manager Bryant provided Evan with his very own team uniform to wear. Evan was able to take a special behind-the-scenes tour of the restaurant, including the taco line, back office, walk-in cooler, pizza oven, and drive through. He met a few team members and then was served his favorite Taco Bell menu item – a Quesarito.
All in all a wonderful day for Evan to learn more about Summerwood!
Our Live Mas Scholarship Recipient!
This past Thursday, when Alexis Mohammad came into work at our Hammonton Taco Bell, she had a special surprise waiting for her – she was the recipient of a Taco Bell Live Más scholarship, worth $10,000! Her family also came to join in the celebration. We are so pleased to be able to help our employees gain scholarships that will help them achieve their dreams. Congratulations, Alexis! We can’t wait to see what great things you accomplish!
A successful opening on Bustleton Ave!
We're happy to announce that yesterday we had a successful opening on Bustleton Ave in Philadelphia! We couldn’t have done it without the help and hard work of many people. Special thanks to Denise Branca and Joe DePascale along with the construction and maintenance team who battled through numerous challenges, Terry Brown-Walker and the IT team for making sure everything was running smoothly, Adrienne Mazzella for her help with passing the Board of Health Inspection, & Brian Coulter and Peter Toner for the helping us put on the final touches!
On the operations side, we have to thank Teams Franklin Mills, Red Lion & Aramingo, led by Brahima Kone, Brett Singleton & Maria Delgado for their support with training our new Team. And last but not least we have to thank the leader of Bustleton, Attice Dennis, who through all of the delays continued to motivate, coach & support her team! Awesome job by all!!
Zio's Birthday Celebration!
At Zio Gio, there is one day of the year that is more important than any other – the birthday of Zio Gio himself. “Zio Gio” means Uncle Johnny in Italian, and refers to our very own John Marsella. We are proud to serve his family’s recipes at his namesake restaurant, and it’s an honor to celebrate his birthday every year. We gave out free birthday cake, water ice, and discounted slow-roasted pork sandwiches in his honor. It was a beautiful spring day, and a wonderful time was had by all!
Taco Bell is open in Harrington!
Thank you to the entire Summerwood team for coming together to help us open another great store in Harrington, Delaware! This was the first store that we opened with a special “Training Team” from other Taco Bell stores, rather than using Above Store Leaders and Restaurant General Managers from around the company.
The New Store Opening Training Team program was developed by Omar Gracia in 2018 working with April Gammage and several Area Coaches. It will be a cornerstone for Summerwood’s development going forward. Every Trainer has been certified in all Taco Bell functions and agrees to dedicate themselves for 6 to 8 weeks in remote locations, all to make Summerwood stores successes in new towns.
The first Opening Trainers Team included Training Managers from Hammonton New Jersey (Rael Jackson and Alexis Muhammad) and Dover Delaware (Sabrina Buckner and Aaliyah Montgomery). Omar – thank you for taking on this enormous task and bringing it to life. Great job and thank you to everyone involved!
Mike Grams came to visit!
Thank you to Mike Grams, the Chief Operating Officer of Taco Bell for coming to visit us! We had a great time visiting our stores, and being inspired by his words of wisdom. He also mentioned the recent opening of our Rio Grande location in a video he made.
The State of the Union Meeting - 2019
We had another terrific State of the Union meeting at the Philadelphia Country Club! It’s a special time when our company comes together, recognizes accomplishments, and looks to our visions for the future. We also had a special informative presentation about healthy eating habits, as well as a blood pressure screening for our employees. Thank you to everyone for coming, and for helping make Summerwood a great place to be!