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post #1 of 12
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Am wondering whether linen is usually billed by the pound or by the piece
for those of you who work in a hotel or resort. Also wondering what percent of revenue linen represents in a restaurant outlet...tableclothes, napkins, bar towels, and aprons. No uniforms or drycleaning. Thanks.
post #2 of 12
Our supplier, Mission Linen, charges by the piece.
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post #3 of 12
Hey Stephen, How ya been?

The last supplier I used was Excel Linen in KCMO. I no longer have any invoices but I do have a spreadsheet of my purchases. I know I paid by the piece and seem to remember bar mops and aprons were $0.25ea, Napkins were $0.15ea, table cloths were $3.00ea (average cost based on differing sizes) and we bought slop rags by the bag. They were $15.00per bag and had something like 100 stained or torn bar mops. Used those for the heavy duty clean-ups so's not to have the damaged linen charge. I think my weekly % of sales was around 5-6% maybe it was more I just can't remember :D
post #4 of 12
Oh, BTW, we are "White Linen", have to locate an invoice, but we have 20 tops and our weekly bill rarely exceeds $30, and that includes Chef's jackets and aprons as well as towels, hotpads.
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post #5 of 12
Do you own the linens and they just charge you for the cleaning? Sheeesh!!! 30 bucks a week is a frickin wet dream by comparison :eek: and my memories are from 2003. Heck I didn't even have a 30 weekly bill in 1985.:D Granted we sat 350 but still!:roll:
post #6 of 12
Nope, they "own" the linens, they replace any damaged or unusable without additional charge.

Now, understand, that we're running around a 0.5 turn daily, I, obviously, expect the "linen charge" to increase as our volume increases.

We are currently running 9 meal periods per week, at 0.5 turns that is 90 tables per week, an average of something less than $0.30/table, not an amount that really concerns me.
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post #7 of 12
My hotel used a linen company that charged us $350.00 a week to maintain the restaurant and standard banquets rooms. If we had extra functions we were charged a lot more.

Finally we got smart about it, and told the linen company to get out. We bought about 150 dozen of various napkins, skirts, table cloths etc. The grand total was only $2,100. We have Hosekeeping wash and iron our cloths. Money saved, and HouseKeeping pissed off, worked out great=)

Sorry forgot to answer your question.....We bought per piece from the linen company
post #8 of 12
By the piece although my experience is we got charged for replacement of torn or stained pieces. Like the time one of the cooks thought it was too hot in the kitchen so he cut off the trousers on his chef pants. He reimbursed us, of course!
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post #9 of 12
OK, found an old invoice, the prices are for service owned linens:
  • Aprons $0.184
  • 52" square tablecloth $0.46
  • Napkin $0.07
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post #10 of 12
Pete! those are great prices.:D

Florida average Aprons 50
52 90
72 2.25
naps cotton 35
poly 20-25
kitchen towls 25

also available by the pound in some spots about .75 plus enviormental fee for state:mad:
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post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
Florida prices as well.

BAR TOWELS$.18 EA
APRONS$.38 EA
CHEF COATS$.85 EA
BAKER SHIRTS$.65 EA
NAPKINS $.095 EA
TC’S 61’S$.63 EA
TC’S 71’S$.88 EA

Busy month 4K to 5K in restaurant outlet and around 10K in banquets.
About 3% of sales in rest. and a little over 2% of sales in banquets. We
do not own Tableclothes, towels, or napkins....we do own the skirts for banquets......

How about Paper and Plastic Goods....how much stuff is logo'd and how much stuff is "green"......dirty word that "green".....would love to support environmentally safe products, but, with things the way they are now....so tight financially, its pretty hard to justify....what do you all run percentagewise in paper and plastic...I'm at around 3.5% of sales or so...????
post #12 of 12
New York is a heck of a lot more. The linen and liquor wholsale industry controlled by organized crime in white shirts and suits.:D
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