Consumers who cut corners on the Christmas turkey to stock up on presents are not alone. A new survey conducted by Boston Market finds more than one-third of consumers confess to skimping on the Christmas meal so they can focus their cash on gifts.
While turkey remains the most popular Thanksgiving entrée and is served as a main course in 89 percent of all households, a new survey from Boston Market found that a few surprising dishes will round out menus this year. Specifically, lasagna will be served as a main course in 12 percent of households, while 10 percent will also serve a vegetarian entrée.
Boston Market announced that from October 6 to October 13, all federal employees and military personnel with a valid government ID will receive a whole chicken for free with the purchase of a family meal. The offer will be valid in more than 460 Boston Market restaurant locations nationwide.
When George Michel took the chief executive reins at Boston Market in October 2010, he inherited a concept with a tumultuous 25-year history that included bankruptcy, a headline-grabbing purchase—and subsequent sale—by McDonald’s, uneven numbers, and fading consumer interest.
In no time, though, Michel instituted a number of changes to stabilize Boston Market, including one unusual initiative: making interaction with restaurant guests one of his top priorities. “Being close to the customer is critically important,” he says. “I get to learn what they value, what they appreciate.”
In the fast-evolving quick-serve world, most brands are routinely forced to decide whether to stick with the status quo or throw caution to the wind with new development. Boston Market recently chose the latter option when the fast-casual concept decided to step out of its chicken comfort zone and add ribs to the menuboard.
Boston Market, a fast-casual restaurant chain offering home style food year-round, broke company sales records over Thanksgiving. Total sales per restaurant from November 19 to November 23 were up 13 percent, catering sales increased by 27 percent and Heat & Serve (chilled, pick-up) offerings were up 10 percent compared to last year.
Boston Market announced the launch of its new “Holiday Hub” website, just in time for the busiest entertaining season of the year.
The website offers expert tips on hosting a stress-free celebration, recipes by chef Rick Rodgers, and event-planning advice to help take the guesswork out of placing orders for groups.
This year, Boston Market partnered with chef Rick Rodgers, a culinary instructor and cookbook author, to develop easy-to-prepare recipes incorporating signature rotisserie chicken and home-style sides from Boston Market.
Back by popular demand for a limited time, Boston Market reduced the price on its Half Chicken Meal to $7.99, plus tax. This deal includes a half rotisserie chicken, a choice of two home-style sides, and sweet, golden cornbread. “Our Half Chicken Meal Deal provides our guests’ wallets a reprieve from rising food prices and allows families to warm up with a hot, high-quality meal this winter,” says George Michel, CEO of Boston Market Corporation.
While national unemployment remains at a steady 9 percent, many companies are planning to repeat their annual hiring surge to support this year’s holiday season.
Quick-service restaurants will play a visible role in the effort.
According to Chicago-based staffing consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, about 625,000 seasonal workers are expected to be hired in 2011. Though seasonal hiring levels remain short of prerecession highs, the holiday hiring outlooks are more cheerful for 2011 than it has been since 2007.