Great Harvest Bakery Cafe opens first-ever drive-thru in Bridgeport

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Local bakery that serves customers based on their needs opens first-ever drive-thru concept

August 19, 2022 // Franchising.com // BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — The Great Harvest Bakery Cafe, breads and desserts made from scratch, recently opened its first location with fully functional drive-thru. Located at 3000 Jerry Dove Dr., the owner understood that the community needed a more convenient dining option and was happy to take the opportunity.

The Bridgeport store is one of two locations in the state of West Virginia and the first of its more than 200 locations to have drive-thru. Residents will also be able to enjoy their breakfast, lunch to order, in store, to take away or cater.

The location is locally owned and operated by entrepreneur David Kesling, who also owns the Great Harvest Bakery Cafe location in Elkins. Already familiar with owning a business, Kesling was drawn to Great Harvest Bread Co. because of its manufacturing-from-scratch philosophy.

“My son and daughter work in the workshop and I’m thrilled to be able to share this experience with them,” Kesling said. “Our Elkins location is thriving and I knew this concept would have a positive impact on the Bridgeport community. We are the first Great Harvest Bakery Cafe with drive-thru implemented through the POS system, and if successful, I look forward to seeing the concept implemented in future locations.

Great Harvest Bakery Cafe is dedicated to using the freshest ingredients and making almost all breads and pastries from scratch. Their wheat comes from the Montana Golden Triangle and the owners spend five hours in the morning baking their bread. Their goal is to have as clean labels as possible and strive for high quality products made with real ingredients. The company also offers a unique position on franchise ownership, called the “freedom franchise”. This means that they allow their franchise owners to operate their business in the way that best suits the needs of their community. For Bridgeport, that meant adding a drive-thru.

“We give as much care, time and attention to our franchise owners as we do to our fresh baked goods,” said Mike Ferretti, CEO of Great Harvest Bread Company. “We appreciate what the community needs and we listen to what they need from us. We are thrilled to have implemented the first drive-thru in West Virginia, and we look forward to seeing how this can grow in our future franchises.

Great Harvest Bridgeport hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with drive-thrus open at 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

About Great Harvest Bread Company

Great Harvest Bread has spent the past 45 years perfecting the combination of ingredients to make the freshest, most authentic breads and pastries, as well as the newest sandwiches, cereal bowls and soups, reaching nearly 200 locations, all of which continue to grind theirs. Wheat Golden Triangle every morning from scratch. Open for three parts of the day – breakfast, lunch and dinner – the menu has expanded beyond a wide variety of soft and delicious breads to include soups, sandwiches and cereal bowls.

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