The brand new Panera Bread in Lawton across from Walmart on Sheridan Road and next door to Raising Cain's Chicken is starting to take shape. Every time I pass by there more and more has been done. It looks like most of the exterior walls and structure are completed, now they're working on roughing in the interior. It won't be too much longer before we'll have a Panera Bread in town. With the weather this week it would be the perfect time fro some chicken noodle and sandwiches. Or better yet tomato soup and grilled cheese.

As crazy as things are right now with the COVID-19 pandemic and everything else it's nice to see businesses opening up and even new businesses moving to town. We've seen more than our fair share of local businesses and even national chains close up or move away over the past couple of months. Not only limiting us with choices for dining and shopping, but negatively affecting our local economy and job opportunities as well.

It'll be nice to have some more choices when it comes to dinning out, not to mention the additional jobs this will bring. Panera Bread has great soups, sandwiches, wraps, pastas, salads, pastries, bagels and all kinds of fresh baked breads and other treats. Their chicken noodle soup is amazing especially when it's paired with a bacon and turkey sandwich. The grilled cheese with tomato soup is also a must try.

Not too sure when they'll complete all the construction, but they're moving pretty quick and it's coming together fast. I'm sure the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed, if not stopped construction at times. We could definitely use a Panera Bread in Lawton! Can't wait to hit the drive thru for some Panera Bread soups and sandwiches!

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