Postles awarded franchises for more Panera units

MEMPHIS Tenn. Panera Bread franchisees Rick and Rosemary Postle have secured rights to open 12 units in the greater Memphis area, including the northern part of Mississippi, the chain said.

The Postles already operate eight Panera bakery-cafes in Virginia through their Blue Ridge Bread Inc. holding. The new stores will be operated by a separate company, Delta Dough Inc.

Rick Postle is a former president of Panera Bread and its predecessor company,

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