Panera Bread Rises at West Acres Mall
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 14:09
Panera Bread, a bakery-café, will open a new restaurant in Fargo on Monday, increasing the variety of dining and employment options available to Fargo residents.
Panera Bread announced in February that the company intended to open a bakery-café at the West Acres Shopping Center. Panera Bread Fargo will be the chain’s first restaurant in North Dakota.
The bakery-café is located in the parking lot of West Acres, at the intersection of 13th Avenue South and 40th Street. Panera Bread has constructed a new building in the space that was formerly occupied by Chili’s Bar and Grill.
Panera Bread offers a wide variety of freshly baked goods, including bagels, bread, pastries and desserts. In addition, the bakery-café will serve sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, pasta, soups and salads. Panera Bread’s full menu can be accessed from the company’s website, http://www.panerabread.com.
A unique aspect of the Fargo Panera Bread is that the food preparation areas will be open to the customer’s view. Bakery patrons will be able to watch the bakers as their baked goods are being made, according to the Panera Bread website.
Conner Scott, a junior majoring in public relations, has eaten at Panera Bread’s downtown Minneapolis location on a few occasions in the past. Scott said he enjoyed the food and the “coffee-shop atmosphere”, but cautioned that the portion sizes are small.
“They just don’t give you a whole lot of food,” Scott said. “It’s not a place you should go if you are really hungry. If you are in the mood for a light lunch, then go to Panera.”
The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reported earlier this month Panera is looking to hire over 50 employees for its Fargo location, including service and production associates, bakers and managers. A brief overview of several job search websites, including http://www.snagajob.com and http://www.simplyhired.com, confirms that Panera Bread Fargo continues to seek new employees.
To search for available job positions and apply for employment at Panera Bread, visit https://www.peopleanswers.com/pa/testPortalEntry.do?pc=695770.
The Panera Bread corporate office did not respond to phone calls or emails. No contact information was available for the Fargo Panera location, so the company could not be reached for comment.
For more information about Panera Bread, visit the company’s website or follow @PaneraFansFargo on Twitter.