Customers don’t need the coffee subscription to take advantage of Panera’s expanded free Wi-Fi, though. The indoor dining area at Panera has long been equipped with free Internet access, but the chain recently expanded its coverage as social distancing continues. The Wi-Fi now reaches the parking lot and curbside pick-up area.
Panera says the move is all about helping stressed-out parents. “Panera’s free, unlimited, premium coffee can help get you through the day, and the added bonus of Panera’s Wi-Fi enabled parking lots and Curbside pick-up can give you a few minutes to recharge and a quick meal solution,” Eduardo Luz, Chief Brand and Concept Officer for Panera Bread, said in a press release.