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March 27, 2023

Panera Bread proposes Hollister location

Panera Bread Restaurant is proposing a Hollister location west of Highway 25 and north of East Park Street.

The proposal is on the agenda for the 6 p.m. Thursday meeting of the Hollister Planning Commission.

Panera is proposing a free-standing 3,851 square-foot restaurant and 635 square-foot patio and drive-through in the newly proposed Hollister Farms Shopping Center west of the highway. The applicant is listed as RSI Group/Nina Raey/Panera Bread in the commission agenda.

Once planning commissioners give a recommendation, the proposal would go to the Hollister City Council.

Panera Bread Restaurant has existed for 35 years. According to its website, Panera “has grown from one 400-square-foot cookie store into an enterprise with more than 2,000 bakery-cafes, 100,000 associates and annual systemwide sales of over $5 billion.”

The menu includes such items as a bakery, sandwiches, salads, pasta, soups and more. There are currently locations in Gilroy and Sand City.

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