Panera to expand in Maryland

by Eric Schroeder
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ST. LOUIS — Panera Bread has reached agreement with Lemek, L.L.C. to develop six new bakery-cafes in Maryland. Lemek is principally owned by Brian Lemek, who currently operates 36 Panera Bread locations in the Baltimore and District of Columbia metro areas. Panera Bread recently awarded Lemek, L.L.C. its Featured Operator honor, which recognizes outstanding franchise performance in the Panera system. "Brian and his team are committed to bringing customers the very best Panera experience," said Mike Kupstas, senior vice-president and chief franchise officer, Panera Bread. "They are valued members of the organization, and it’s wonderful to see their business expand into new communities."

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