Business Interview

Get to know a LOCAL Jefferson Chamber Member Business

The Chamber helped celebrate the Grand Opening of Panera Bread on the WestBank

We are Panera Bread, and we believe that good food, food you can feel good about, can bring out the best in all of us. Food served in a warm, welcoming environment, by people who care. To us, that’s good eating and that’s why we’re here.

Q: When and why did Panera Bread open a location on the West Bank?
A: We opened the West Bank location December of 2015. Panera Bread is committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust as a healthy dining option to residents and businesses on the West Bank

Q: How many total employees are employed by the Panera Bread’s West Bank location?
A: 35-45 employees

Q: What is the most important aspect of the restaurant’s success?
A: We are happy to offer the many business professionals, families and students in the community fresh and wholesome food choices, paired with the convenient service their busy schedules demand. Our concept has been embraced by many surrounding communities in the past 15 years, and we have enjoyed sharing our signature Panera warmth here on the West Bank.

Q: In what ways does Panera Bread give back to the local community?
A: Since Panera Bread was founded, the company and its franchisees have been active participants in the communities in which it does business. As part of Panera’s broader national Operation Dough-Nation® program, which was created in 1992, the Harvey location joins with the Second Harvest Food Bank community in giving back through its local Day-End Dough-Nation™ and Community Breadbox™ programs. What is the local Community Breadbox program? All cash donations made by customers are matched by Panera Bread and distributed to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Collectively, Panera bakery-cafes annually donate more than $100 million worth of unsold bread and baked goods to help people in need.

Q: What is a customer favorite or must-try at Panera Bread?
A: The menu includes a variety of year-round favorites to complement seasonal items and breads baked fresh daily in each bakery-cafe by skilled bakers. We have our signature favorites like the Broccoli Cheddar soup and the Green Goddess Cobb with Chicken Salad along with seasonal favorites like the Strawberry Poppy Seed Chicken Salad, Southwest Chile Lime Ranch with Chicken salad and our Chipotle Chicken Avocado Melt.

Q: Why is Panera Bread a member of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce?
A: Being a part of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce is yet another way Panera Bread bridges the gap to the Community. Salena Gaiennie is our Regional Catering Sales Manager and is the direct contact with the Chamber and the Café. Our Catering menu is offered at the bakery-cafe. Available for breakfast, lunch and snacks, Panera Catering is ideal for any group from five to five hundred. Panera Catering emphasizes accuracy and efficiency in delivering the experience of fresh, handcrafted, quality meals to any workplace setting, social event or gathering. In addition, every bakery-cafe has a dedicated Panera Catering Coordinator on site to manage the entire process, from order to pick up or delivery, to ensure customer satisfaction.


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Jefferson Chamber of Commerce

Jefferson Chamber of Commerce

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