Panera Bread (PNRA) is preparing to begin a new digital and mobile ordering-based service in the Cincinnati area this September with two to four cafes coming online each week, the Journal News reports.
The service will be fully available by early October.
The roll out is in conjunction with Panera's plans to hire thousands of employees nationwide this year, as it readies to expand its delivery service to its cafes next year.
Panera cafes will deliver between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week, for a minimum order of $5, plus a $3 delivery fee.
Ron Shaich, Panera founder, chairman, and CEO said the company is "creating an elevated guest experience end-to-end."
"In many places across the country, all that's available for delivery is pizza or Chinese food," Shaich said. "We're closing the gap in delivery alternatives and creating a way for people to have more options for real food delivered to their homes and workplaces."
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