Panera Bread opens on Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway

Panera Bread opened in December at 140 W. Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, Coppell. The bakery and cafe features breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it offers freshly made bread, bagels and baked goods, sandwiches, soups, salads, pasta, teas, coffee and more. 972-936-7608. www.panerabread.com


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By Gavin Pugh

After reporting for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano paper for over two years, Gavin launched the Coppell, Valley Ranch and Las Colinas edition in October 2019. As editor, Gavin's beat includes transportation, municipal government, education and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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