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Published February 26, 2013, 11:30 PM

Panera Bread Co. to open in West Acres by early fall

FARGO – Panera Bread Co., a bakery-style cafe, is coming to the West Acres mall. An announcement regarding the arrival is expected to be posted on the West Acres Facebook page today.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM

FARGO – Panera Bread, a bakery-style cafe, is coming to the West Acres mall.

An announcement regarding the arrival is expected to be posted on the West Acres Facebook page today.

Construction on the restaurant is to start this spring and it is slated open by early fall.

The café’s location within the mall is not being disclosed at this time, according to Alissa Sorum, the mall’s marketing director.

Sorum said Panera Bread is one of the businesses customers say they would most like to see find a home the mall.

According to the Panera Bread website, the company formed in 1981 is based in St. Louis, Mo.

Panera Bread Co. is a growing company that has 1,652 company-owned and franchise-operated cafes in 44 states and Ontario, Canada, its website said.

The cafes operate under the names Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co., and Paradise Bakery & Café. Nearly all of the cafes have a menu that is highlighted by antibiotic-free chicken, whole grain bread and select organic and all-natural ingredients.

The West Acres location will feature made-to-order sandwiches, tossed-to-order salads, baked goods and soup served in bread bowls.

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