Last week, I was lucky enough to talk with the one of the managing partners, Mark Jinette, of Panera Bread in Auburn. Located on Opelika Road, this particular Panera Bread sees hundreds of people everyday.
I arrived at Panera at 10 a.m. already four hours after the restaurant had opened. I met a few Panera associates and saw what it was like behind the counter of Panera.
The Panera Bread on the Opelika location in Auburn earns approximately $10,000-$15,000 on a good day
The Panera Bread bakers make fresh bread everyday. So while we’re all sleeping in our warm, cozy beds at 3 a.m., the Panera bakers are baking various rolls, bagels and pastries for customers later the same day.
Panera Bread receives their produce and dairy products from farms owned by Panera. The farms are situated close to each Panera, so fresh produce deliveries are possible every morning.
Mark Jinette, managing partner for the Auburn Panera Bread, has worked with Panera Bread for 11 years, 10 years at the Auburn location. Jinette steps in to handle catering orders, while a Catherine Sell, Panera catering coordinator, stepped away from the phone.
Along with baking bread fresh every morning, the Panera associates also cut fresh vegetables every morning to prepare for the lunch crowd, which starts around 11:30 a.m.
Any food left over at the end of the day is picked up by the Food Bank of East Alabama.
Francesca Pittari, Panera Bread associate trainer, takes less than 30 seconds to complete an order.
Panera Bread’s corporate staff chooses which soups will be available on each day. Broccoli Cheddar soup is always available (thank goodness because it’s my favorite).
9. Pittari trains William Cheek, Panera Bread associate, on his first day on the job. She hopes to help him be able to make a sandwich in record time by the end of the week.
Jinette said Panera Bread prides itself in making lots of healthy options for customers available, as well as offering fresh ingredients daily.
Looking at all this food makes me hungry and I know where I’ll be getting some grub!