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Panera Bread to Open Newest Location in Forney

Kyle Rouvaldt

October 25, 2018

FORNEY, TX - The City of Forney is excited to announce that fast casual bakery-café, Panera Bread will soon be opening a location in Forney. The Missouri-based company will be located on the property south of Kroger at the intersection of Marketplace Blvd. and the WB U.S. Highway 80 frontage road. 

“Panera is excited to be a part of the Forney Marketplace development with excellent presence off of Highway 80 and Old FM 548,” said Senior Development Project Manager, Justin Knepper. “The city staff and developer have been awesome to work with and are doing everything they can to set us up for success at this new location.”

As a “bakery-café”, Panera offers a wide array of pastries and baked goods, such as croissants, bagels, cookies, scones, muffins and brownies. These, along with artisan breads, are baked before dawn by on-staff bakers at the bakery. Since 2009 the company has been recognized as one of the top restaurants in the industry and was recently named 2018 Harris Poll – Sandwich Shop of the year. 

“Panera Bread is an excellent addition to Forney’s business community,” said Forney Economic Development Corporation Director Warren Ketteman. He added, “We believe this announcement will serve to kickstart more development along the U.S. Highway 80 frontage road.”

It’s estimated that 50-60 jobs will be created with the restaurant’s opening in Forney and hiring will begin in late ­­­­2019 prior to opening. For more information about Panera Bread or to apply, please visit www.panerabread.com.  



Warren Ketteman, Forney EDC Director          972.564.7377

Kyle Rouvaldt, Public Information Officer         972.564.7337

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