Panera Bread new bakery-cafe in Monroe opens next month

Press release from Panera Bread

Features a Drive-Thru, Catering, Large Outdoor Seating, Rapid Pick Up, Panera 2.0

Monroe, Georgia – April 20, 2017– Panera Bread will open its newest bakery-cafe in Monroe, Georgia in May 2017.  The location will feature drive-thru, additional outdoor seating, Rapid Pick Up. Panera 2.0 and Catering for the convenience of customers.

“We are thrilled to open our newest bakery-cafe in Monroe, Ga,” Marianne Harris Owner/Operator of Panera Bread said in a press release.  “Our concept has been embraced by many surrounding communities over the past 17 years, and we look forward to sharing our signature Panera warmth here in Monroe, GA.”

Customized Guest Experience

For eat-in guests, the bakery-cafe in Monroe offers a warm and welcoming environment including intimate seating areas, comfortable chairs, a community table and free WiFi Internet access.

For those on the go, the entire Panera Bread menu will be available to order through the bakery-cafe’s drive-thru window during regular hours of operation.

An ordering option called Rapid Pick-Up will enable customers to place an online/mobile order from their office, car, work or home – up to five days in advance – and pick up their food at a pre-determined time without waiting in line. The bakery-cafe will be equipped with a special “to go” pick-up area, featuring dedicated seating, an order-status monitor providing real-time information as orders are prepared and completed, and shelf space, all to facilitate easy pick up.

Food You Can Trust

From our inception, we believed that quick food could be quality food. Panera started baking fresh bread from fresh dough each day in the bakery-cafes.  That commitment led to others, like the early decision to remove artificial trans-fats, post calories on menu boards and invest in serving chicken raised without antibiotics. Today, we have expanded our promise and are committed to clean ingredients, menu transparency and a positive impact (on the food system). Recently, Panera shared a new commitment to remove artificial additives (colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives) from its standard bakery-cafe food menu by the end of 2016. More information is available

Fighting Food Insecurity

Since our beginning, the company and its franchisees have been active participants in the communities in which it does business. The new location will give back to the community through its Day-End Dough-Nation™ and Panera Cares® Community Breadbox™ programs.

Panera Bread has worked to help combat the problem of hunger for 25 years, since it began donating unsold bread and baked goods to local organizations.  Under its Day-End Dough-Nation™ program, in 2012, Panera Bread bakery-cafes nationally (company and franchise) donated a retail value of approximately $100 million worth of unsold bread and baked goods to help neighbors in need.

Hours of Operation

The hours of operation for Panera Bread at the 1223 West Spring Street are Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Major credit cards are accepted.

If you are interested in seeking a job with Panera Bread in Monroe, tap or click on this link for more information.

About Panera Bread 

Our History

The Panera Bread® legacy began in 1981 as Au Bon Pain Co., Inc. Founded by Louis Kane and Ron Shaich, the company prospered along the east coast of the United States and internationally throughout the 1980s and 1990s and became the dominant operator within the bakery-cafe category.

In 1993, Au Bon Pain Co., Inc. purchased Saint Louis Bread Company®, a chain of 20 bakery-cafes located in the St. Louis area.

The company then managed a comprehensive re-staging of Saint Louis Bread Co. Between 1993 and 1997 average unit volumes increased by 75%. Ultimately the concept’s name was changed to Panera Bread.

By 1997, it was clear that Panera Bread had the potential to become one of the leading brands in the nation. In order for Panera Bread to reach its potential, it would require all of the company’s financial and management resources.

By 1997, it was clear that Panera Bread had the potential to become one of the leading brands in the nation.”

In May 1999, all of Au Bon Pain Co., Inc.’s business units were sold, with the exception of Panera Bread, and the company was renamed Panera Bread. Since those transactions were completed, the company’s stock has grown exponentially, and today it has a market capitalization of $4.5 billion. Panera Bread was recognized as one of Business Week’s “100 Hot Growth Companies.” As reported by The Wall Street Journal’s Shareholder Scorecard in 2006, Panera Bread was named as the top performer in the restaurant category for one-, five- and ten-year returns to shareholders.

In 2007, Panera Bread purchased a majority stake in Paradise Bakery & Café®, a Phoenix-based concept with over 70 locations in 10 states (predominantly in the west and southwest). The Company purchased the balance of Paradise in June 2009.

In May 2010, Ron Shaich transitioned to the role of Executive Chairman of the Board and Bill Moreton, who had previously served as the company’s Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer, was named Chief Executive Officer and President and to the Board of Directors. In March 2012, to signify their partnership and shared commitment to Panera, the company announced that Ron Shaich and Bill Moreton would share the title of CEO. Shaich served as Chairman of the Board and co-CEO and Moreton as President and co-CEO until July 2013. In August 2013, Moreton was named Executive Vice Chairman to help oversee Panera’s business operations; he serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Shaich continues to serve as Chairman of the Board and CEO.

As of March 29, 2016, there are 1,997 bakery-cafes in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and in Ontario Canada operating under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co.® and Paradise Bakery & Café® names, delivering fresh, authentic artisan bread served in a warm environment by engaging associates.

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