Saturday, October 31, 2009

Saturday morning coffee

- Proving that quality does matter, Panera Bread's per-store sales are among the best in the quick-service restaurant business in the U.S. McDonald's leads this category with $2.3 million average annual per store sales followed by Panera with $2.1 million. Chipotle is next ($1.8 million) followed by Burger King ($1.3 million), Starbuck's ($985,000) and Subway ($445,000.) The average check is $8.50 at Panera, which leads this category.

- Wouldn't it be fun to be in Lambeau Field tomorrow in Green Bay when #4 comes back to visit in his purple uniform? Brett Favre's Vikings take on the Packers tomorrow afternoon.

- On this day in 1969, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. was incorporated. Founded by Sam Walton, in the 40 years since founding, Walmart is now the country's largest private employer and the largest grocery retailer in the U.S.

- In a "15 minutes of fame" moment, Levi Johnston, the father of Sarah Palin's grandson, is posing for Playgirl magazine. On a more serious note, Johnston apparently has decided to go to court to sue over child custody, alleging that Palin is preventing him from meeting his son.

- A survey in London found that British men believe "curvy" women are better in bed than their size zero rivals. Interestingly, 68 percent of British women felt the same way, saying that heavier men are the best for "romps." (Editor's note: "Romps" is the term used by the London Sun in this report. You can likely produce your own conclusion as to the meaning.)

- Quote of the week: This just in from Victoria Beckham, the artist formerly known as Posh Spice, "I'm a control freak...I'm not the easiest person to work with." I'm stunned...

- You may want to tune in on Thursday night on Lifetime--Cindy Crawford is rumored to be set to guest judge, alongside Heidi Klum, on Project Runway.

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