By Chris Isidore
PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — Panera Bread plans to rent 10,000 staff and greater than double the variety of its eating places that ship.
The roles will embrace each supply drivers and in-retailer staff to organize the meals.
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The corporate provided supply at about 15% of its places as of the top of final yr. Panera expects to broaden to 35% to forty% of shops by the top of this yr.
“In lots of locations throughout the nation, all that’s obtainable for supply is pizza or Chinese language meals,” stated Panera CEO and founder Ron Shaich. “We’re closing the hole in supply options and making a means for individuals to have extra choices for actual meals delivered to their houses and workplaces.”
Supply can be provided between eleven a.m. and eight p.m., seven days every week, for purchases of $5 or extra, plus a $three supply charge in most places.
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The corporate had 50,800 staff on the finish of final yr at its 900 firm-owned places, virtually all in the USA. It additionally has 1,one hundred franchise places. The supply choice might be offered at each.
Earlier this month, Panera agreed to be bought for $7.5 billion by JAB, a German conglomerate that additionally owns Krispy Kreme and the Einstein and Noah bagel chains. The deal, which nonetheless wants shareholder and regulatory approvals, is predicted to shut within the third quarter.
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