If you’ve watched any TV in the last month or so, you’ve likely seen the commercials.
Panera Bread now delivers. We’re not talking meal delivery services like Door Dash (more on that below), but through their own store-based delivery services.
This is good news for fans of the highly-popular fast casual restaurant that is known for serving healthier food options. In the recent Eat This Not that report that ranked antibiotics in every fast food or fast casual restaurant chain, Panera Bread received an A grade, as they ensure that their pork and beef, in addition to poultry, are all raised antibiotic-free. Panera Bread also now has the largest clean kids menu of any national chain restaurant.
In January of 2017 Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich told Business Insider that Panera is well-suited for delivery because its menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches are easy to transport, much like pizza.
“For us, delivery is a mass-market opportunity,” Shaich said.
Panera charges $3 for delivery, and Panera statistics show that its average delivery order is $22, while its average to-go order is $9.
Does Panera Bread deliver to Inver Grove Heights?
The big question for Inver Grove Heights residents now is: Does Panera Bread deliver to Inver Grove Heights? The answer would be like a Facebook relationship status:
A call to the West Saint Paul Panera bread, located at 1740 S Robert St #102, West St Paul, MN 55118, said that no, the West Saint Paul Panera Bread does not deliver to Inver Grove Heights. However, they said that decision wasn’t based on geography only. It was based on time. The WSP store manager said if the delivery range was more than eight minutes away from the WSP location, they would not deliver. Within 8 minutes, they would deliver anywhere. So, that could mean they deliver to most or all of WSP, or even parts of South Saint Paul, and Inver Grove Heights.
So the only true way to find out if Panera Bread delivers to your residence, enter your address into this Panera Bread delivery page.
We put in some random addresses. For example, Panera Bread of WSP would deliver to 4515 S Robert Trail, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077 – which is the location for the Inver Grove Heights White Castle.
We put in the address of City Hall – 8150 Barbara Ave, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077 – and Panera Bread does not deliver. We also plugged in the address for Simley High School, and Panera does not deliver. Same goes for Inver Hills (which is no surprise since these are all in the same vicinity).
We also called the Eagan Panera Bread – located at 260 Promenade Pl, Eagan, MN 55121, and asked if they deliver to Inver Grove Heights.
The person who answered the phone said it once again, depends on location. She said if the delivery range is within 12 minutes, delivery would be available. So again, we plugged in some IGH addresses to find out if they deliver. The Eagan Panera will deliver to Appliance Depot of Inver Grove Heights, located at 8980 Jefferson Trail W, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077. So that indicates that the Eagan Panera will deliver to the far Northeast quadrant of Inver Grove Heights, out by the Jefferson Trail region, and perhaps to the Southeastern most border – near White Castle and along that area of IGH.
In related news, Panera Bread has used meal delivery services, such as Door Dash, but recently stopped using Door Dash because Door Dash was not delivering on time, orders were screwed up, and it was starting to give Panera delivery – even though service was provided by Door Dash – a bad name, according to the WSP manager.
How to find out if Panera Bread delivers to IGH or SSP
While Panera Bread doesn’t deliver to most of Inver Grove Heights, it will deliver to select areas. So the simplest way to find out if Panera Bread delivers to your home or business, is to type your address into the Panera Bread Delivery form, and find out
As you can see, this is why it’s like a Facebook relationship status. It’s complicated.
But Panera Bread now delivers, and will deliver to select areas of Inver Grove Heights and South Saint Paul.
And that’s better than nothing, and another option, for those seeking more meal delivery options.
It’s a start!