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Panera Bread is closing the last of its nonprofit cafes that let customers pay what they wished nine years after launching the experimental locations.
The company says its final Panera Cares location in Boston will close Friday after six years, and that it is helping employees find jobs at other locations.
Panera - Community - Cafe - Clayton - Missouri
Panera opened its first donation-based community cafe in Clayton, Missouri, in 2010. The model aimed to raise awareness about food insecurity by offering meals at a suggested donation price.
'In many ways, this whole experiment is ultimately a test of humanity,' Panera founder Ron Shaich said in a TEDx talk later that year.
People - People - Value
'Would people pay for it? Would people come in and value it?' he asked.
The answer, it seems, is no.
Program - Peak - Total - Panera - Cares
At the program's peak there were a total of five Panera Cares locations in Chicago; Dearborn, Michigan; Portland, Oregon; and Boston. All eventually closed.
Patrons of the restaurants had complained of...
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