Tim O’Kane, the Senior Real Estate Manager at Panera Bread, offers a unique perspective on site selection. When Panera Bread chooses new locations, they carefully consider key criteria such as foot traffic, demographics, and accessibility to ensure their restaurants are easily accessible to their customer base.


In response to evolving customer needs, Panera Bread adapts its real estate and store designs. They focus on providing a seamless experience, embracing technology, and catering to the modern consumer’s preferences for both dine-in and takeout. With plans for new store openings in the coming years, there’s an opportunity for developers and property owners to align with Panera Bread’s expansion strategy. Understanding the brand’s location criteria and evolving customer demands can lead to more successful site selection and a fruitful partnership with this popular fast-casual dining chain.