Franchise group to develop 12 Panera bakery-cafes
June 12, 2007
by Eric Schroeder
RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MO. — Panera Bread reached agreement with a new franchise group to develop 12 bakery-cafes in the North Orange County territory in California. In addition, the group has acquired the Panera bakery-cafe located in Fullerton, Calif.
The franchise group — Dennis and Shane Hitzeman, Tom McDonald and David Babbush — has considerable experience in the restaurant industry.
Dennis Hitzeman and Mr. McDonald are partners in a group that owns and operates more than 50 Burger King locations in the Atlanta, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Dallas markets. Shane Hitzeman, an 8-year veteran of franchise operations, will be the group’s co-owner and managing partner. Mr. Babbush will be the group’s operating partner.