Panera opened its first Panera Cares restaurant in Clayton, Missouri, in 2010. It later opened similar stores in Chicago; Dearborn, Michigan; Portland, Oregon; and Boston. All eventually closed. In a statement, Panera said the stores were no longer viable. A spokeswoman said the company wouldn't elaborate.
The locations weren't as profitable as regular Panera cafes. In 2013, the company said Panera Cares stores made 70 to 80 percent of the revenue that traditional stores did. A Luxembourg-based investment firm, JAB Holding Co., bought Panera in 2017.