MOUNT VERNON — Excavation at the future site of Panera Bread on Coshocton Avenue has been slowed due to the recent harsh winter days of cold temperatures and snow. Crews with Modern Builders are attempting to begin construction of the structural frame soon.
“It’s very weather-sensitive right now. We’ve started up and then had to stop,” said Modern Builders president Steve Hall. “It’s just been not even possible for a person to work outside safely. And we now have many inches of frost in the ground. We do need some moderation in the weather, and it’s going to have to be something more than just a few days.”
Hall is hoping that if the weather now cooperates that the shell of the building will be completed in April. Tentative plans are for an entire buildout to be finished in July.
Between 75 and 100 employees are expected to be on staff at the opening of Panera Bread, according to media relations spokesperson Liz Siorino. Anyone wishing to apply for a job at the Mount Vernon location of Panera Bread may do so by going to www.panerabread.jobs.
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