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Weekend edition May 17, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Hamra Enterprises celebrates first year of its expansion into Knoxville region

It's a a family-owned business with roots tracing back nearly 50 years.

Hamra Enterprises, a leading franchisee of popular brands including Wendy’s, Panera Bread, Noodles & Co., and Caribou Coffee, is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its expansion into Knoxville and surrounding areas. Since acquiring 24 Panera Bread locations in the Knoxville area, Hamra Enterprises has seamlessly integrated into the community, fostering connections and embracing the vibrant spirit of the region.

“From day one, we found an ideal match between Hamra Enterprises and Knoxville,” said Bob Marcum, Regional Director of Operations for the Southern Bread division of Hamra Enterprises. “The warm reception and genuine hospitality extended to us by the Knoxville community have made our transition seamless and rewarding.”

HamraEnterprises, a family-owned business with roots tracing back nearly 50 years, has a strong commitment to team-member development and community engagement. Marcum, who has witnessed the company’s growth first hand over his 15-year tenure, highlighted the alignment of values between Hamra Enterprises and Knoxville.

“Knoxville embodies the core values of fun, family, integrity, self-expression, and discovery that are fundamental to our company culture,” Marcum said. Reflecting on Knoxville’s dynamic business landscape and robust economy, Marcum praised the city’s trajectory and welcoming atmosphere

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