Covelli opens another Panera

BOARDMAN – Warren-based Covelli Enterprises today will open its ninth local Panera Bread in Southwoods Commons, Market Street, Boardman.

“Anytime we have the opportunity to open a store in this Valley, it is extremely special for our company,” said owner / operator Sam Covelli of Warren.

This is the second Covelli-owned bakery-cafe in the Valley to feature a drive-through window.

Covelli Enterprises, based on Warren’s East Market Street, is the nation’s largest franchisee of Panera, operating more than 250 locations in North America. The company employs more than 20,000 people, including 2,000 in the Valley.

Today’s grand opening is being marked with free gifts and offers. Covelli is partnering with the United Way of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley with donations to the charity for gift cards redeemed at the new location.