Panera to add heated patio, more electrical outlets
Long lines have been seen at Panera since its opening July 16.
Now the business, 2111 S. Mission St., is adding more seating and electrical outlets to meet the demands of its customers, said Brian Campbell, marketing director of Manna Development Group/Bread of Life, a franchisee of Panera Bread.
The store originally started out with a smaller unit than normal due to occupying a pre-existing building, the former Fazoli’s, he said. But due to a busy summer, more seating — approximately 28 seats to the existing 78 seats — is necessary. The expansion includes the current patio area.
The addition will also include electrical outlets, Campbell said.
“The atrium will be heated, so it should be comfortable most of the year,” Campbell said. “In the warmer months, customers would be able to open the windows to enjoy the breeze from outside. We are excited to continue to serve the community and have been very pleased with the reaction our new bakery café has received in the first few months being open.”
Mount Pleasant City Planner Jeff Gray said the city approved the addition July 12.
As previously reported by Central Michigan Life, the building permit was approved for Fancher Development, Inc. by planning commission to add two parking spots and the patio. Significant upgrades were also made to the inside of the former Fazoli’s.
“It is great to see that the Panera Bread is having success at the location, and I hope that will continue into the future,” Gray said.
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