Panera Bread/Saint Louis Bread Company Franchise

Bread bakery

After more than 17 years in the retail industry, Ken Rosenthal changed gears and founded Saint Louis Bread Co. in 1987. His goal was to create a neighborhood bakery where people could pick up fresh-baked bread, meals and snacks. In 1993, Rosenthal sold Saint Louis Bread to Au Bon Pain Co. Six years later, the company was renamed Panera Bread.

The future growth of Panera Bread will be based upon company bakery-cafe development as well as the continued sale of franchise area development agreements.

Panera Bread does not sell single-unit franchises, so it is not possible to open just one bakery-cafe. Rather, we have chosen to develop by selling market areas which require the franchise developer to open a number of units, typically 15 bakery-cafes in a period of 6 years.

Panera Bread franchises must be well-capitalized to open great bakery-cafes and meet this aggressive development schedule. Additionally, they must have a proven track record as excellent multi-unit restaurant operators to operate great Panera Bread bakery-cafes.

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How much does it cost to open a Panera Bread/Saint Louis Bread Company Franchise?

The investment required to open a Panera Bread/Saint Louis Bread Company Franchise is between $1,010,985-$2,252,846. There is an initial franchise fee of $35,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Panera Bread/Saint Louis Bread Company name.

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  • Term of Agreement:
    20 years

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Panera Bread/Saint Louis Bread Company News & Press Releases

When did the first Panera Bread/Saint Louis Bread Company open? 1987
When did Panera Bread/Saint Louis Bread Company start Franchising? 1993

Year U.S.A. Canada International Corporate
2004 479 0 0 200
2003 389 0 0 146
2002 291 0 0 123
2001 212 0 0 100
2000 134 0 0 87
Expense In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee No No
Startup Costs No No
Equipment No No
Inventory No No
Accounts Receivable No No
Payroll No No

Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations

Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising

Franchisees required to buy multiple units/master licenses; 100% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 40 - 60

Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

Business Experience:

  • Experience as a multi-unit restaurant operator
  • Recognition as a top restaurant operator
  • Net worth of $7.5 million
  • Liquid assets of $3 million
  • Infrastructure and resources to meet our development schedule
  • Real estate experience in the market to be developed
  • Total commitment to the development of the Panera Bread brand
  • Cultural fit and a passion for fresh bread

  • To calculate how much income a franchise owner can do at Panera Bread/Saint Louis Bread Company Franchise, may vary on factors like location, size etc., On the other side as a business owner your goals to maintain the quality of service while streaming sales high and expenses low. As any other franchise may include rent/mortgage, staffing/family, inventory supplies, utilities, administrative costs vise vera. Location to location and seasons the months costs may vary. Most franchises start up costs are typically fixed and they will cover most of the initial operating costs like signage, furniture, decoration and renovations.

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    Panera Bread/Saint Louis Bread Company

    Panera Bread/Saint Louis Bread Company

    Panera Bread/Saint Louis Bread Co.
    3630 S. Geyer Rd Suite 100
    St.Louis, MO


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