FLINT TWP. — Everyone knows that a ribbon-cutting ceremony is a traditional way to celebrate a new business but Panera Bread on Miller Road introduced a unique twist at its grand opening event last weekend.
In addition to using a gigantic pair of scissors to snip a traditional cloth ribbon, shop managers also presented a bow-shaped French baguette for a Bread Cutting ceremony. Crystal Chapin, Panera’s catering coordinator did the honors, cutting the loaf into individual-sized pieces to serve to guests along with other pastries and coffee.
Flint Township Supervisor Karyn Miller attended, as did Trustees Belenda Parker and Barb Vert and Building Director Tracey Tucker.
The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce organized the event.
“I know they had big plans to open in October, ran into a couple of speed bumps but successfully opened in December and did an excellent soft opening and they have had pretty good traffic ever since,’” said DeAndra McCain, of Chamber Member Services.
She noted that it is Panera’s third location in Genesee County.
Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said she fell in love with Panera when she lived elsewhere and always hoped to get one in Flint Township. She also welcomed Panera on behalf of the township board.
“Thank you so much for your investment in Flint Township,’’ she said.