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  • Last Year Rank: 25
  • Investment Range: $1,066,000 - $3,220,000
  • Initial Investment: $35,000
  • Category: Restaurant
25. Panera Bread

Company Description

Panera Bread is an American chain of bakery-cafe restaurants in the U.S. and Canada offering various soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods.

The company focuses on using all-natural ingredients and serves food without artificial flavors or preservatives, uses cage-free eggs and was the first national restaurant to display calorie information on menu boards.

Panera Bread has more than 2,000 units and does not sell single-unit franchises, instead focusing on selling market areas. The company introduced delivery services in nearly 900 cities in 2018 and runs its own in-house delivery and catering programs.

Company Statistics

  • Global Sales: $5,925,000,000*
  • US Units: 2,160
  • International Units: 13
  • Total Units: 2,173
  • Percent Franchised: 55%
  • % International Units: 1%
  • US Franchised Units: 1,185
  • International Franchised Units: 13
  • Sales Growth %: 4.5%
  • Unit Growth %: 2.8%
  • *Franchise Times Estimate