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Panera to close standalone Paradise units

Operator also invests in food safety, ingredient quality

Panera Bread Co. will close or convert some Paradise Bakery & Café locations and continue to invest in food safety, especially after a series of foodborne illness outbreaks at Chipotle Mexican Grill, executives said Wednesday.

“When we acquired our initial stake in Paradise nearly a decade ago, it was a solid acquisition. The real estate was good and the brand was popular in its markets. While the cafés have remained profitable, growth has slowed materially,&

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