Tampabay.com:

Corner Bakery Cafe, a Panera Bakery clone, has signed a deal to have 10 of its fast causal restaurants operating in the Tampa Bay area within five to seven years.

The local franchisee says the first store will open within a year and is initially scouting the usual suspects for locations: Westshore, Palm Harbor, Brandon and St. Petersburg.

The 130-store chain sprouted from of an awning-graced bakery in downtown Chicago set up in 1991 to make breads for the first Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant next door. The bakery turned into an espresso cafe and then a chain dishing up breakfast, lunch and light dinner fare.

Originally posted by Cris Zimermann on May 16, 2012 in Franchise Site.

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