By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes
A Panera Bread bakery and cafe is coming to Keizer.
A representative for the company confirmed that a bakery and cafe would be opening in Keizer, but an opening date has not yet been set.
Describing itself as a “quick-casual” restaurant, the menu includes sandwiches, soups, pastries, bagels and more than a dozen fresh bread varieties.
It will be the first in the Salem area. Seven Panera Bread locations are already in Oregon – six in the Portland area and one in Corvallis.
Preliminary review documents submitted to the City of Keizer show a planned location at Keizer Station.
Headquartered in St. Louis, the company operates some 1,541 stores in 40 states and in Ontario, Canada as of late last year, with plans to open between 115 and 120 this year. It also operates Saint Louis Bred Co. and Paradise Bakery and Cafe. It was founded in 1981. Stock trades on the NASDAQ exchange under PNRA, with $1.8 billion in revenue in 2011 and net income of $135 million.