In 1993, AU Bon Pain Company purchased the Saint Louis Bread Company. In 1995, top management at Au Bon Pain instituted a comprehensive overhaul of the newly-acquired Saint Louis Bread locations. The overhaul included altering the menu and the dining atmosphere. The vision was to create a specialty cafe anchored by an authentic, fresh-dough artisan bakery and upscale quick-service menu selections. This acquisition proved successful for Au Bon Pain. Between 1993 and 1997, average unit volumes at the revamped locations increased by 75% and over 100 additional locations were opened. In 1997, the bakery-cafes were renamed Panera bread in markets outside of St Louis.
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The Task Environment/ Industry:
The US bakery industry has about 2,500 commercial bakeries, with combined annual revenue of $25 billion, and 6,000 small retail bakeries, with $3 billion total revenue. The commercial side of the industry is highly concentrated: the 50 largest commercial bakers hold more than 80 percent of the market. The retail side of the industry is fragmented: although big companies may operate dozens of bakeries, the typical baker operates just one facility.
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