NRA survey: Restaurants will add 381,800 summer jobs
New York City A report in Nation’s Restaurant News on Monday said that the National Restaurant Association is predicting eating and drinking establishments will add 381,800 jobs between June and August, a 4.1% increase over the industry’s employment levels in March.
The NRA’s projection for employment growth this summer is the same as last summer’s growth of 4.1% and slightly below the summer job growth of 4.8% in 2007, before the economic downturn began.
The rise in employment may also be an indicator of the beginning of an economic recovery for the industry, said Hudson Riehle, senior VP of the NRA’s research and knowledge group.
“While overall U.S. employment growth remains negative, the industry is bucking that trend as it added jobs in May for the first time in 10 months,” Riehle said. “Building on that gain, the growth in summer employment is a clear sign that the restaurant industry remains a powerhouse in the U.S. economy.”
‘American Idol’ album exclusive to Walmart
NEW YORK A new album featuring the top 10 finalists from the most recent season of American Idol will be available exclusively at Walmart and Walmart.com on June 30.
The album, titled “American Idol Season 8,” was produced by 19 Recordings and RCA Records and features two tracks from American Idol champion Kris Allen — his hit single “No Boundaries” (written By “Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi, Cathy Dennis and Mitch Allan) and his version of Donna Summer’s “She Works Hard For The Money.” There are also two tracks from runner-up Adam Lambert — his version of “No Boundaries” and his acoustic take on Tears for Fears “Mad World,” based on the arrangement by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules from the “Donnie Darko” soundtrack. The album also features one track each from all of the other Top 10 contestants before culminating with runner-up Adam Lambert’s recording of “No Boundaries” as well.
New prototype ready for Texas
The town of Huntsville, which is about an hour north of Houston on I-45, soon will be home to one of Target’s new fresh prototype stores. A 131,000-sq.-ft. discount store with an expanded offering of fresh products is scheduled to open in Huntsville on July 26. The “P-fresh” Target stores are seen as an important element of the company’s strategy to attract increased customer traffic because customers will be able to satisfy a broader range of their food needs. The store will offer top-selling produce items and a limited assortment of meat, in addition to frozen and refrigerated products, baked goods and dry grocery items. The store isn’t technically a SuperTarget, but it will undoubtedly feel that way to some shoppers unaccustomed to finding such a large selection of food in a Target store.