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The death of lunchtime

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The United States has turned into a country that has converted lunchtime into errand or work time.

According to an article by MarketWatch, a recent survey conducted by the staffing agency OfficeTeam found that 48% of employees say their usual lunch break is at most a half hour. Also, another survey held by Staples found that 19% of employees say they do not take a lunch break at all.

This seems to have a significant effect on those who supply lunch to the millions of every day workers.

For employees on lunch break a few decades ago, restaurants that are high-end that you can sit down at were known for the three-martini lunch. However, now these restaurants are feeling the biggest pinch. Some restaurants have reported a 20% or more decline in lunchtime sales in the past couple years.

According to restaurant executives, the Great Recession also has had a large impact in both personal and corporate spending.

“The big lunches on business accounts are a thing of the past,” says Jean Goutal, who runs Le Colonial, an upscale French-Vietnamese restaurant in New York.

On the other hand, changes in people’s lunch habits and behaviors have been helping other businesses profit. For example, salons and spas are seeing a lot more customers who seem to be giving up their lunch-hour in order to utilize the time for other miscellaneous life activities.

In addition, some high-end restaurants are beginning to offer a delivery service for lunchtime.


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