Delivery service is being launched at Panera Bread locations in the Cleveland, Akron and Canton markets.
Covelli Enterprises, the Warren-based franchise of Panera Bread said Wednesday it is rolling out “small order” delivery service, and the initiative will create more than 200 delivery jobs in the region.
Covelli, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread, anticipates having delivery available at locations throughout the Cleveland-Akron-Canton area by the end of April. Not all stores will have delivery. For example, if there are two stores near each other, both won’t have delivery, a spokeswoman said.
Area Paneras now offering delivery are in Medina Township (4065 Pearl Road); Fairlawn (2855 W Market St.); Akron (790 Arlington Ridge; Brunswick, (1405 Parschen Blvd.); and Stow, (1059 Graham Road).
Deliveries will be made within a designated 8-minute delivery radius from the cafe. Delivery requires a minimum order of $5.00 and will come with a delivery charge of $3.00.
Delivery people will drive their own cars. Covelli said in a news release that while the primary job of “delivery team members” will be delivering orders, they also will perform other duties while not making deliveries.
In 2016, Covelli launched the delivery service in its Dayton market, one of the first areas to offer Panera Bread delivery in the country.
All delivery orders are placed online, using the Panera Bread app or at www.panerabread.com. Hours of delivery are from 11 a.m to 8 p.m. Those interested in delivery jobs can apply at https://jobs.panerabread.com.
Covelli has more than 300 Panera bakery-cafes in six states and Canada.