Panera Express coming to UNR campus

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- Reno will be getting a taste of Panera following Friday’s approval by the University System Board of Regents to award a food service contract that includes opening a Panera Express on the University of Nevada, Reno campus as soon as fall 2019.

The Panera Express will be in the Fitzgerald Student Services Building and will be open to students, faculty and the public, the university said.
Panera is a business that features fresh-made bread, sandwiches, soups and salads; it also donates food to charity.

Meeting in Las Vegas, regents agreed to give the contract to Chartwells Higher Education. The Panera Express is one of its proposals.

“This agreement supports the University’s efforts to provide a student-centric dining program that is a visible representation of the academic quality and affordability of the university,” Rod Aeschlimann, executive director of the university’s Residential Life, Housing & Food Services Department, said in a statement.

Panera did not immediately respond to a question about any plans to open another Panera in the Reno area.

“We are thrilled to continue our long-standing relationship with the University," Cody Begg, resident district manager for Chartwells’ University account, said in the UNR statement. "We are looking forward to the new and exciting enhancements that this agreement will bring to our dining venues across campus.”

Regents will approve dining meal plan rates during fall meetings, the university said.