DALLAS, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Did you know gift cards will be the most
requested gift this holiday season? According to the National Retail
Federation's sixth annual gift card survey conducted by BIGresearch, 54.9
percent of consumers want to receive gift cards this holiday season.
This year, Chili's(R) Grill & Bar satisfies this popular demand with a
series of holiday-themed gift cards redeemable at more than 1,400 locations
nationwide. So when it's time to use them, no matter where in the country your
recipient lives, there's sure to be a Chili's restaurant nearby.
Pepper In Some Fun(SM) this holiday season by sharing Chili's famous
Sizzling Fajitas, Big Mouth Burgers(R), Grilled Baby Back Ribs or other menu
favorites with your friends and relatives.
"Our restaurants are known not only for their great food, but for the many
great memories shared between friends and family. So when guests give or
receive a Chili's gift card, it's the gift of an experience--creating the fun
moments shared in our restaurants," said Todd Diener, president of Chili's
Grill & Bar.
NRF's survey also predicted gift card sales will reach $24.9 billion this
holiday season and consumers who purchase the cards want to find ways to
personalize them. With seven different designs and customizable cards
available, Chili's gift card assortment will meet the needs of even the
pickiest holiday shopper. Additionally, guests can give back to a good cause
this holiday season by selecting the $25 St. Jude Children's Research
Hospital(R) Thanks and Giving(R) gift card at Chili's -- $1 from the sale of
each card benefits St. Jude, one of the world's premier pediatric cancer
This year, an expanded retailer base makes getting your hands on the
popular gift cards easier than ever. Chili's gift cards are available
nationwide at participating grocery, discount, warehouse, convenience, office
supply stores and pharmacies, including Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Walgreens,
Safeway (Tom Thumb) and CVS/pharmacy. Cards can also be purchased at your
neighborhood Chili's restaurant and online at www.chilis.com. Chili's gift
cards do not have transaction fees or expiration dates.
Chili's Grill & Bar is the flagship brand of Dallas-based Brinker
International (NYSE: EAT), a recognized leader in casual dining. Chili's
offers a fun, energetic atmosphere and a distinct, fresh mix of grilled
American favorites at more than 1,400 locations in 25 countries. Chili's gift
cards are also redeemable at other Brinker brands: Maggiano's Little Italy(R),
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina(R) and Romano's Macaroni Grill(R). For
more information, please visit http://www.chilis.com.
About Thanks and Giving:
The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Thanks and Giving national
campaign is an unprecedented union of celebrities, media, retail and corporate
partners that ask consumers to "Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life,
and give to those who are not." The Thanks and Giving initiative was created
in 2004 by Marlo Thomas and her siblings Terre and Tony Thomas, children of
St. Jude founder Danny Thomas. Funds raised by the campaign support the
lifesaving work of St. Jude - to find cures for children with cancer and other
catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. St. Jude impacts the
lives of children in communities across the country. Consumers are asked to
shop at companies where the St. Jude green magnifying glass logo is displayed;
donate online at www.stjude.org, where a list of fund-raising partners is
available, or call 1-800-4STJUDE.
SOURCE Chili's Grill & Bar
Web Site: http://www.chilis.com
CO: Chili's Grill & Bar; National Retail Federation; NRF; St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital; Brinker International; BIGresearch;
Thanks and Giving