How many restaurants does Panera Bread operate?


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Panera Bread operates 1,926 restaurants, as of June 2015. These locations are found across the U.S., the District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada. The chain operates under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Company and Paradise Bakery and Cafe names.

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Panera Bread is a fast food restaurant chain that features sandwiches, salads and soups as well as bakery items such as bagels, bread and muffins.

The first location was opened in 1981 in Kirkwood, Missouri, as the Saint Louis Bread Company. Panera Bread's headquarters is located in Sunset Hills, Missouri. William W. Moreton serves as company president, as of 2015.

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