Make us your home page
Instagram
Local Business| Christina Cosdon

Panera Bread franchise finds sizable home at Largo Mall

LARGO — Panera Bread has come to Largo Mall.

Laura Breyer is general manager of the 5,200-square-foot bakery-cafe that opened April 2. She was previously assistant manager at the Feather Sound Panera Bread.

The new business has 52 employees and seating for 142 customers. In addition to the usual variety of specialty breads, pastries and bagels made daily, the menu includes made-to- order sandwiches and salads and soups.

Business hours are 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Established in 1981 as Au Bon Pain Co., the name was changed to Panera Bread in the 1990s after the company purchased a chain of 20 bakery-cafes in the St. Louis area. Some of the 1,600 bakery-cafes now in 40 states are company-owned, but most are franchised.

The Largo Mall business is a franchise.

Pasco auto dealer expands to Pinellas

Gulfview Motors, an independent dealer of preowned vehicles in Pasco County since 1985, has expanded to Pinellas County and opened at 41041 U.S. 19 N in Tarpon Springs. The new business offers a full range of preowned cars, trucks and SUVs, including domestic and import models. It also has a 3,000-square-foot showroom and complete on-site service and detail departments.

The dealership has 250 late-model used cars with prices ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.

Leon Kreisler owns both dealerships, as well as Hernando Auto World Mitsubishi and Hernando Suzuki.

Old Harbor Bank promotes 2 officers

Jeffrey A. Hackett has been promoted to senior vice president, senior credit officer, and Jason Delk has been promoted to senior vice president, commercial lending group manager. Both work at the Old Harbor Bank's corporate headquarters at 2605 Enterprise Road E in Clearwater.

Hackett has more than 25 years' banking experience and most recently was senior vice president, commercial lending manager. Before joining Old Harbor, he was executive vice president and senior lender at Mercantile Bank. He is a graduate of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Delk has more than 10 years' banking experience and most recently was vice president, credit officer. Before joining Old Harbor, he was vice president, private banking, with SouthTrust in Tampa.

Kudos

Open Air Florist at 607 N Myrtle Ave., Clearwater, has been recognized by Teleflora as a Top 2000 florist for 2007. Teleflora has about 25,000 member florists throughout the United States and Canada. This award recognizes the business as being in the top 1 percent of all U.S. florist shops sending orders through Teleflora.

Open Air Florist, owned by Ruth Goodwin, has been in business for 35 years.

• • •

S&S Electric at 105 Douglas Road E, Oldsmar, has received a Builder Home of the Year award from the Consumer Electronics Association's TechHome Division for its work in M/I Homes' Bordeaux IV Model in Easton Park in Hillsborough County.

The award was among TechHome Division's 2008 Mark of Excellence Awards presented last month in Orlando. The awards honor industry leaders in custom electronics products, services and installations in the categories of supplier, training and support programs and system integrators. S&S was recognized in the system integrators category.

S&S Electric is a third-generation family-owned and -operated electrical and electronic system contracting company.

• • •

Arthur Air Conditioning, at 801 Stevens Ave., Oldsmar, is celebrating its 20th year in business. The company has grown from a two-man operation in Clearwater in 1988 to a 4,000-square-foot facility with 22 employees and 11 vehicles.

Randy Arthur is president and owner of the firm. In 2001, it expanded and moved from Clearwater to Oldsmar.

Business seminars, classes, assistance

• A free seminar on "Ten Steps to Starting a Small Business" will be presented at 7 p.m. April 29 by members of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) at the Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E Lemon St. Materials and handouts will be provided. Registration is required and can be made by calling the library at (727) 943-4922.

News of businesses and business people can be faxed to the Business Digest at 445-4119, e-mailed to cosdon@sptimes.com or mailed to Business Digest, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756. We are interested in new and unusual businesses, promotions, expansions, commercial sales and major new contracts. Photos can be mailed or e-mailed by jpeg file.

Panera Bread franchise finds sizable home at Largo Mall 04/17/08 [Last modified: Thursday, April 17, 2008 10:31pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Study: Tampa Bay a top market for homebuyers on the move

    Real Estate

    The Tampa Bay area is among the top markets for homebuyers who are likely to move in the next few months, ATTOM Data Solutions says.

    The Tampa Bay area is among the top markets for homebuyers who are likely to move in the next few months, a survey found.
[Associated Press file photo]
  2. Ousted to political Siberia by Corcoran, Kathleen Peters sets sights on Pinellas Commission

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The perks of power in Tallahassee are a coveted chairmanship, a Capitol office in a prime location and a prominent seat on the House floor. Now Rep. Kathleen Peters has lost all three, but here's the twist: Her trip to "Siberia" might actually help her reach the next step on the Tampa Bay political …

    Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena, has been relegated to the back row in the State House chamber, moved to a fouth floor office and stripped of her job as chairwoman of a House subcommittee after a series of disagreements with House Speaker Richard Corcoran. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  3. UPS relocates express operations from St. Pete-Clearwater to TIA

    Airlines

    TAMPA — United Parcel Service Inc. is switching airports for its express air operations. Beginning in October, UPS will relocate from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport to Tampa International Airport.

    Beginning in October, UPS will move from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport to Tampa International Airport. [Associated Press file photo]

  4. Richard Corcoran takes aim at public financing of campaigns

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, may not be running for governor — not yet anyway — but his latest idea will get the attention of those who are.

    House Speaker Richard Corcoran wants the Constitu?tion Revision Commis?sion to ask voters to repeal the state’s system of partial financing of statewide elections.
  5. Related Group breaks ground on complex at old Tampa Tribune site

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — When Miami developer Jorge Perez first eyed a 4.2-acre tract on the west bank of the Hillsborough River two years ago, people asked him if he wouldn't prefer to build on the opposite side closer to the downtown core.

    No way.

    From left, Related Group executive associate Arturo Penaa, Jorge Perez, center, founder and CEO of the Related Group, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Steve Patterson, the President of Related Development dig their shovels  during the groundbreaking ceremony of the 400 unit Riverwalk Manor apartment complex on site of the old Tampa Tribune building on Wednesday. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]