A spokeswoman for Panera’s Dayton-area franchisee did not respond directly to questions about the new Beavercreek location, but said, “We’re excited for the opportunity to begin serving the Dayton community with new locations. We look forward to sharing more details with our loyal customers in the near future.”
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Warren, Ohio-based Covelli Enterprises has been actively expanding Panera’s footprint throughout the Dayton area, including a recent proposal for a new location in an outlot at the Washington Park Plaza on Ohio 725 in Washington Twp. It is the largest franchisee of Panera Bread restaurants, with more than 315 locations in eight states.
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The franchisee announced in 2014 that it had purchased 11 Dayton- and Springfield-area Panera locations, and said at the time that it had aggressive growth plans for the Dayton market. In 2017, it opened new locations in both Englewood and Huber Heights. It also opened a bakery facility in West Chester in 2015.
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