Restaurant industry traffic increases for third consecutive month

With the busy restaurant season means long hours, and restaurant owners will want to consider buying anti-fatigue mats for their kitchen staff so they can not only reduce the amount of slips on the job, but also keep workers comfortable as they are on the job for several hours at a time.

November was a busy month for the restaurant industry, as people all over were looking to get out of their kitchens and eat at their own convenience. National Restaurant News reports that same-store sales for the industry have increased three months in a row. However, November’s growth was a slight drop from October.

However, the news provider is quick to point out that because of the different weekend Thanksgiving fell on this year in comparison to 2012, it will be counted in December’s total, rather than November’s. This takes away a major indicator of traffic.

Although the holiday numbers are too soon to call, indications show that 2014 may be a great year for the food service industry. According to Convenience Store News, consumer research firm the NPD Group is predicting a 3 percent increase in sales for the 2014. The news provider reports the growth will really be felt in fast-casual establishments, sandwich shops and gourmet cafes.

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