The Global Recruiter UK Industry Awards 2018

A Tough Year for the Restaurant Industry:

Last year proved to be difficult for the restaurant industry. Nation’s Restaurant News reported yesterday that Buffalo Wild Wing’s fourth quarter net earnings plummeted 38.2%. The company’s fourth quarter ended on December 25th, 2016. Company-owned restaurants saw same-store sales fall 4% while franchised stores saw sales fall 3.9%. Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith made a statement about the issue, citing “the challenging restaurant environment” as the source of struggle. Chipotle also took a hard hit in their fourth quarter. As the company dealt with food borne illness outbreaks across the country, net incomes fell 76%.

It is no surprise that restaurants nationwide faced similar hardships. For many restaurants, the overall decline in net profits can be traced back to two main contributing factors: weak same-store sales and slow traffic. According to the National Restaurant Association, 42% of operators reported a same-stores sales decline in December of 2016. Operators also reported a 47% decline in traffic for that same month.

Expectations and optimism remain high, though, for the year ahead. About 39% of restaurant operators told National Restaurant News that they expect same-store sales and traffic to improve within the next 6 months. This is a 25% jump from when operators were surveyed back in October of 2016. Also heartening for the industry is that 57% of restaurant operators surveyed expect to expand or remodel within the next 6 months.

Dedicated to Success in 2017:

Here at Patrice and Associates, we are also optimistic about the year ahead. As the nation’s leading hospitality recruiting firm, we know how fundamentally important staffing is to a restaurant’s success. Finding strong, talented candidates to fill leadership positions can make all the difference when running an effective business. Strong leaders help shape a business’s culture and can be instrumental in improving overall service, efficiency, profitability, and more.

Overall, we are excited to continue working hard in 2017. Every day, our dedicated Franchisees and Recruiters help find and place the restaurant industry’s top leaders. By ensuring the success of our clients, we are also ensuring the growth and prosperity of the restaurant industry itself. We look forward to continue doing so now and for many years to come.

What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

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    Chris made a stressful situation a really great experience!

    Chris Jones was amazing from start to finish.  I have been with my current employer for 9 years and wasn’t looking to change careers at all. My current employer announced that our doors would be closing in 6 weeks. To say I panicked would be an understatement.  I received a call from Chris on Tuesday morning, for a position I went home on Monday and applied for.  He walked me through what the company was looking for and thought I was an excellent match.  He help me "upgrade" my resume, and sent it off to the company. I heard back on Wednesday afternoon and received an interview Friday, followed by a second interview the following week and a “shadow” day the next week.  Through it all Chris would check in and see how I felt after each interview and gave me great feedback. Chris sent me words of encouragement before each interview also.  Chris really made a very stressful situation into a really great experience.  I can not thank Chris enough. Sincerely, Laura Shafer Chris made a stressful situation a really great experience!
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    Recruiters Can Change Your Life

    Chris Jones was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was professional, prompt, courteous, and did a great job of keeping me informed all throughout the application process. I truly appreciate the opportunity he presented me with and I am looking forward to my new career. I would absolutely recommend Chris and Patrice and Associates to any friend or colleague! -Jessica Nelson   Your Recruitment Coach:  Tips on Writing a Resume that Gets Interviews! Recruiters Can Change Your Life
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    Patrice & Associates Hospitality Recruitment Worked for me!

    Thank you for the opportunity to express my satisfaction with Chris Jones.  Chris was very professional from the very beginning and always kept me updated on the progress with the company. It was a very stress free process, and I truly recommend Chris to anyone in need of a new career. Thank you Chris you are awesome!!   please use this as you see fit   sincerely, Chris Lodes Patrice & Associates Hospitality Recruitment Worked for me!