Member restaurants soar to 254,000 – 24 percent increase in last two years

(Washington, DC)  The National Restaurant Association today announced that its membership grew by 18,500 restaurants to a total of 254,000 member locations in the calendar year 2001, according to a year-end report by Association President and Chief Executive Officer Steven C. Anderson.  The number of member restaurants has grown by 24 percent over the last two years, Anderson said.

“Our members are the foundation of our industry.  We now represent 254,000 member restaurant-and-foodservice outlets that are united by our common goal to serve as the cornerstone of our nation’s economy, career opportunities and community involvement,” said Anderson.  “The Association’s mission is to represent, educate and promote a rapidly growing industry, and together with our increasing membership, we can speak with an even stronger voice on all industry issues and programs.”

Fortune magazine has ranked the National Restaurant Association as one of Washington’s “Power 25” top lobbying organizations in the nation.  In addition to public-policy representation on legislative and regulatory issues, members receive access to new health-and-pension benefit programs for members and their employees; free legal advice; publications that provide important industry data; and a toll-free hotline staffed by information specialists who answer restaurant-industry questions.  Restaurant members also receive timely and insightful industry news through a subscription to any of the National Restaurant Association’s publications and resources. 

Other member benefits include free admission to the largest hospitality trade show in the country – the annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show held in Chicago each May – and access to cutting-edge programs and services available through the National Restaurant Association’s Web site,, as well as state association Web sites.  The organization also offers member discounts on educational materials, services and industry products.

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