There's been some movement on the proposed Jack in the Box fast-food restaurant.

Taft City Manager Craig Jones said plans for the long-awaited addition to the community's choice of foods in the final stages of preparing plans to submit to the city.

The project was first announced in April 2019.

The plan is to build the Jack in the Box in the vacant dirt pad in the Albertsons shopping center.

Now, almost two years later, it could be completed in a matter of months.

"Generally when they get this far along its (going to be completed) within a matter of months.

Once final approval is given, the permits are good for one year, but they can be extended, Jones said.

The news comes as construction is underway on a Grocery Outlet on Supply Row next to Dollar General and a new O'Reilly Auto Parts store is nearing completion on the 900 block of Kern Street.

Despite the economic downturn cased by the COVID-19 pandemic, Jones said, businesses are still looking at Taft.

"We still have some developers interested in this town," Jones said.