Covelli Adds 23 Panera Stores in South Carolina, Georgia

WARREN, Ohio – Covelli Enterprises announced Tuesday it has purchased 22 Panera Bread bakery-cafes in South Carolina and Georgia.

The newly acquired market includes midland and lowland South Carolina and Georgia, with bakery-cafes in the state capitals of Columbia and Augusta, as well as the coastal towns of Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Hilton Head and Savannah.

A Myrtle Beach location will open at the end the month for a total of 23 Panera bakery-cafes joining the Covelli Enterprises franchise, the company said.

“Coastal Carolina and Georgia is a region our franchise is eager to tap into” said Sam Covelli, owner/operator of Covelli Enterprises. “This is a beautiful part of the country, where many from my home state of Ohio often visit for vacation and have even relocated their families. We look forward to serving those who live, work and travel to this region.”

The purchase brings the total number of Panera stores operated by Covelli to more than 300 restaurants in six states and Canada. Covelli is Panera’s largest franchisee.

Earlier this year Covelli acquired 21 stores in the Cincinnati region. In addition to continued growth in Ohio and Canada, the company said it has aggressive growth plans for the South Carolina and Georgia region.

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