Panera Bread Cranston Celebrates Relocation Grand Opening with Baguette Cutting

CRANSTON, RI — The new Panera Bread in Cranston, Rhode Island, located at 4000 Chapel View Boulevard, celebrated its grand opening and 15 years in Cranston recently with the company’s traditional “baguette cutting.”  On hand to help the bakery-cafe celebrate were Mayor Alan Fung, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and State Rep. Robert Lancia. Panera Cranston moved down the street from its previous location at 5 New London Avenue which was the home of the first Panera Bread built in Rhode Island and the first bakery-cafe opened by Panera franchise the Howley Bread Group.  The Cranston cafe now employs a total of 65 people as the relocation has generated 25 new jobs for the area.

Featuring the company’s warm and welcoming design, the 4,836 square-foot cafe with 117 interior seats and 24 seats on the outdoor patio is now open Monday – Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The cafe is also home to a Drive Thru, the second for the Howley Bread Group’s eight bakery-cafes in Rhode Island.

Howley Bread Group, LTD, based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, owns and operates a total of twenty-eight Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts and Eastern Connecticut markets. The company’s other Panera bakery-cafes in Rhode Island, which employ more than 500 people, are located in East Greenwich, Lincoln, Newport, Providence, Smithfield, Wakefield and Warwick.  Catering is also available in most cafes

For those who are interested in a variety of full- and part-time positions at Panera Cranston or any other Howley Bread Group bakery-cafe location, please go to



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