Panera Bread is selling groceries like produce, milk, bread

Panera, St. Louis Bread Co
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis-based Panera Bread is selling groceries to help meet the rising demand for food created by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Panera Grocery launched this week, offering customers milk, bread, fresh produce as well as soups, salads or sandwiches to be picked up at participating locations nationwide, or delivered to your door. You can order through the Panera app or online. Panera says the groceries can be collected by customers via contactless delivery, pickup or drive-thru.

"From limited choices on grocery shelves to the growing need to limit the number of trips outside of the home, it is an incredibly stressful time when it comes to putting wholesome food on the table, and we knew Panera could help," said Niren Chaudhary, chief executive officer of Panera.  "With this new service we can help deliver good food and fresh ingredients from our pantry to yours, helping provide better access to essential items that are increasingly harder to come by."

Chaudhary says Panera lost half its business once its dining rooms were forced to close to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Subway is also testing a new grocery initiative, in more than 200 Subway restaurants in California, Connecticut, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington. They will sell sandwich ingredients, such as bread, meat, cheese and vegetables, and chips, cookies and soups. It's called Subway Grocery and also offers contact-free curbside pickup, inside pickup and delivery.

Some grocery stores in the St. Louis area have begun to limit the number of customers in its stores. All 23 Dierbergs Markets locations in Missouri and its two Illinois locations are limiting the number of customers allowed inside at any given time. Schnucks started the same policy at its stores on Saturday. 

Also at Dierbergs, once a store has reached capacity, waiting lines will begin forming at clearly designated entrances outside of the store. 

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