WILMINGTON BUSINESS BUZZ: Wilmington Residents Open BBQ Company That Delivers; Panera Bread Closure Still Not Fully Explained

WILMINGTON, MA — Below are three news items from the Wilmington business community for Sunday, October 3, 2021:

  • Code 1 BBQ, owned by Wilmington’s Sean and Erica Marchant, opened this weekend. Customers can pick up at their kitchen in Woburn (218W Cummings Park) or get free delivery to Wilmington and surrounding communities. Orders are currently only available on Saturdays and Sundays. Catering and family style dinner requires one week advanced notice. Large parties require two weeks advanced notice. The menu includes pulled pork, brisket, beef ribs, pork spare ribs, spatchcock chicken, brisket chili, pork belly burnt ends, not my nana’s mac & cheese, mac & pulled pork, potatoes, and corn bread. Learn more by visiting Code 1 BBQ’s Facebook page or by calling 978-248-8185.
  • Panera Bread permanently closed its Wilmington location on Sunday, September 19, 2021. Multiple emails to Panera Bread communications team have gone unanswered. Several regular customers have told Wilmington Apple the restaurant was heavily affected by the pandemic, as it appeared — from their point of view — to struggle to find and maintain staff, while sustaining a noticeable decline in customers since reopening.
  • Planet Fitness, which has a location in Wilmington at 335 Middlesex Avenue, recently announced a commitment to expand access to accessible exercise equipment. Clubs will be eventually providing (1) inclusive dual cable strength machine that allows a person to perform multiple exercises from a seated position, including from a wheelchair; (2) a recumbent cardio machine where movement of the arms can move the legs, and vice-versa, and, in addition, the seat can be removed so it can be operated from a wheelchair; (3) multiple cardio machines, which, depending upon availability, can include: treadmills, elliptical devices, upright bikes and/or recumbent bikes; and (4) new cardio machines with inclusive features including raised tactile buttons and the ability to receive audible instructions and performance feedback through headphones. This will enable blind users to operate cardio machines independently. Learn more HERE.

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