NORFOLK — Within days, students from Old Dominion University will be headed back to campus for a new fall semester and will be greeted by a pleasant surprise.
Construction on the new Panera Bread, the popular bakery-cafe, is underway and is opening in the school’s University Village within the coming months.
And, that’s not even the best part.
“Since students are familiar with the Panera brand, the most common question we receive is if Panera will accept meal plans, and we are happy to reply, ‘yes,'” said Kimberly Thompson, a spokeswoman for ODU Monarch Dining Services.
Thompson said instead of having to use cash or credit card for meals at the new location, they can use their university meal plan associated with their student ID card.
“Meal plans offer many benefits including convenience, flexibility, and cost savings,” she said.
The restaurant chain is known for its laid back, work-friendly vibe and will open its doors in about eight weeks to more than 1,850 students who reside in and around University Village.
“We are very excited to bring Panera to campus and look forward to growing the dining program alongside the growth of Old Dominion University,” Thompson said.
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