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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Business Beat
Panera Bread sets up shop in Bellmore
Courtesy Town of Hempstead
On hand to cut the ribbon on the new Panera Bread in Bellmore were, from left, Town of Hempstead Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, Supervisor Kate Murray, Vice President of Operations for Doherty Enterprises Greg George, Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg, Chris Brown (representing County Executive Ed Mangano) and MGD Investments owner Larry Weinberger.

Representatives from Nassau County, the Town of Hempstead and Doherty Enterprises, owner and operator of Long Island’s first two-story Panera Bread restaurant, officially broke bread during its grand opening ceremony in Bellmore on Jan. 13.

Located at 2375 Merrick Road, the new Panera Bakery-Café offers off-street parking, free Wi-Fi, sitting nooks and a fireplace for unwinding. The new eatery also features a community room that can be reserved in advance, at no charge, by clubs, groups and other local organizations looking for a meeting place. Officials said the opening of the Island’s 26th Panera Bread has created 60 jobs in the Bellmore-Merrick area.

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