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Panera in Rochester temporarily closes due to ongoing staffing issues

The restaurant industry as a whole is struggling to find enough workers.
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A Panera Bread restaurant in Rochester is temporarily closed for the next few weeks due to ongoing staffing issues. 

The restaurant on Market Place Drive Northwest's website shows it is closed now through Sept. 8. And a sign on the door says it is "temporarily closed" due to "staffing issues," Y105 FM reports

Earlier this month, Panera had a sign saying it was reducing its hours and would be closed Mondays-Wednesdays.

On the store's Facebook page, there are a few posts over the last few months inviting people to apply to work at the restaurant. And the company held a national hiring event earlier this month. 

Bring Me The News tried calling and has emailed the store for more information but hasn't heard back. It has also reached out to the company for comment.

Panera isn't the only restaurant that's hurting for staff as of late. 

The restaurant industry, which was one of the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic due to restrictions and lockdowns, has struggled as a whole since reopening to fill open positions

It's a statewide and national problem, with the U.S. Department of Labor reporting earlier this month the restaurant industry is down 1.3 million jobs — a 10% drop from pre-pandemic levels, the National Restaurant Association says.

Related [Aug. 17]: Osseo bar changing hours, cutting menu amid staffing shortage

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Quit rates have also grown in the hospitality industry amid the pandemic, which has sparked a wider reassessment in career priorities and wage requirements, as well as safety concerns among workers as the highly contagious delta variant spreads.

Labor shortages have forced restaurants to get creative to hire and retain staff, stay open, and not overwork the staff they do have. 

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