Posted 4/1/2013 12:00 am
Updated 8 months ago
In collecting hotel-motel-restaurant tax data for this week’s list of the state’s top hotels, we noticed that Hot Springs has a new top restaurant: Chick-fil-A.
Revenue at the chicken sandwich shop on Cornerstone Boulevard topped $3.3 million in 2012, according to data reported by the Hot Springs Advertising & Promotions Commission, which collects a 3 percent levy on food sales and hotel bills.
Chick-fil-A moved from No. 3 in 2011, overtaking both Red Lobster ($3.1 million in 2012) and Olive Garden ($3.2 million). Keep in mind that these numbers don’t include alcohol, which Red Lobster and Olive Garden sell and Chick-fil-A doesn’t.
The Chick-fil-A at 6201 W. Markham St. was the No. 2 seller of food in Little Rock last year with sales of $4.3 million, less than $100,000 behind the HMSHost operations at the Clinton National Airport. The store on Cantrell Road was No. 11 with $3.3 million in sales. Together, that’s a lot mor chikin.
And Chick-fil-A remained the top seller in Fayetteville last year, if you don’t include the University of Arkansas cafeterias.
We’re seeing a pattern here.