PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A You Pick Two could soon be delivered right to your door.
Howley Bread Group, a Lincoln-based franchiser that operates 28 Panera Bread locations in Southern New England, said Wednesday it will begin hiring up to 100 people as drivers for the launch of a Panera home-delivery service this spring – part of a growing delivery trend in the food industry.
“We are so pleased to bring cafe-based delivery to our customers throughout Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts while creating a significant number of jobs,” Tom Howley, Howley Bread’s senior vice president, said in a statement. He said the new jobs are ideal for “students who need flexible hours, for parents looking for part-time work and for seniors.”
Howley said the delivery teams will initially be based at seven of the company’s local locations: Providence, Lincoln, East Greenwich, Warwick and Cranston in Rhode Island, and Seekonk and Dartmouth in Massachusetts. The company says it already offers delivery at seven of its Connecticut locations.
Missouri-based Panera was bought last year by JAB Holding Co. of Germany, whose other companies include Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.