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Charlotte is one of the first cities to get a new delivery choice

Charlotte is one of the first markets to get a new Panera delivery service.
Charlotte is one of the first markets to get a new Panera delivery service. Panera Breads

Charlotte is one of the first cities to get a new delivery option by Panera Bread, the fast-casual restaurants.

If you live within an 8-minute drive of a Panera location, you can get delivery of anything on the menu with a $5 minimum order and a $3 delivery fee.

The delivery service doesn’t roll out nationwide until 2018, so Charlotte is getting an early taste. Panera also is adding a Rapid Pick-Up service, which allows you to put in a mobile or online order up to two weeks in advance and pick up your food at a set time without waiting in line. The stores are adding a designated pick-up area with seating and order-status monitors.

The delivery and pick-up options are available at all Panera locations in Charlotte. To find your closest location and check to see if they deliver, go to www.panera.com and plug in your ZIP Code.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis

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