Local Bakery Serving Customers Based on Their Needs, Opens First Ever Drive-Thru Concept
Great Harvest Bakery Cafe, a franchise and specialty bread concept known for fresh, made-from-scratch bread and desserts, has recently opened its first location with a fully-functioning drive-thru. Located at 3000 Jerry Dove Dr., the owner saw the need the community had for a more convenient dining option, and was happy to rise to the occasion.
The Bridgeport store is one of two locations in the state of West Virginia, and is the first one of their more than 200 locations to have a drive-thru. Locals will also be able to enjoy their made-to-order breakfast, lunch, in store, to-go, or have it catered.
The location is locally owned and operated by entrepreneur David Kesling, who also owns the Great Harvest Bakery Cafe location in Elkins. Already being familiar with owning a business, Kesling was drawn to Great Harvest Bread Co. due to their made-from-scratch philosophy.
“My son and daughter work in the shop and I’m excited to be able to share this experience with them,” said Kesling. “Our location in Elkins is thriving, and I knew this concept would positively impact the Bridgeport community. We are the first Great Harvest Bakery Cafe with a drive-thru set up through the point of sales system, and if successful, I’m eager to see 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 owners spend five hours in the morning baking their bread. Their goal is to have labels as clean as possible, and strive for high quality products that are made with real ingredients. The company also offers a unique stance on franchise ownership, called “freedom franchise”. This means that they allow their franchise owners to operate their business in whichever way best fits their community’s needs. For Bridgeport, this meant the addition of a drive-thru.
“We put as much care, time, and attention into our franchise owners as we do with our fresh baked products,” said Mike Ferretti, CEO of Great Harvest Bread Company. “We value what the community needs, and we listen to what they need from us. We are excited to have the first drive-thru implemented in West Virginia, and we look forward to seeing how this can grow throughout our future franchises.”
Operation hours of Great Harvest Bridgeport are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday with the drive-thru open at 6 a.m., and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information, visit http://greatharvestcentralwv.com or call (304) 848-8040.
Great Harvest Bread has spent the past 45 years perfecting the combination of ingredients to make the freshest and authentic breads and pastries, as well as the newer sandwiches, grain bowls and soups, growing to nearly 200 locations, all of which continue to mill their own Golden Triangle wheat every morning from scratch. Providing local communities with authentic breads and pastries made fresh daily, the brand is now growing through franchising with a new bakery-cafe model ideal for multi-unit ownership. Open during three parts of the day – breakfast, lunch and dinner – the menu has grown beyond a wide variety of soft, delicious breads to include soups, sandwiches and grain bowls.