Panda Express Celebrates Opening of its Newest Restaurant in O’Fallon, Missouri
The family-owned and operated restaurant will offer special gifts for the first lucky 88 guests on grand opening day, December 14
O’FALLON, MO (StLouisRestaurantReview) Panda Express®, the largest Asian dining concept in the U.S., is celebrating the grand opening of its newest location in O’Fallon, MO, with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony with members of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, December 14, beginning at 10 a.m., and a day of giving back for the first lucky 88 guests, who will receive a special gift*! Located at 3601 Monticello Plaza Drive, the new Panda Express location offers all of Panda’s iconic dishes, including the world-famous The Original Orange Chicken®, award-winning Honey Walnut Shrimp, guest-favorite Broccoli Beef entree, and Panda’s newest dish, Beyond™ The Original Orange Chicken™ -a delicious entrée co-developed with Beyond Meat® to capture the irresistibly crunchy texture and flavor of The Original Orange Chicken in a plant-based option.
“Our entire Panda team is grateful to serve the O’Fallon community by providing new jobs and supporting local organizations through fundraising opportunities,” said Xin Qin, Panda Express Acting Regional Director of Operations. “We hope to be a lasting part of the community and welcome all guests into our doors to try our American Chinese favorites and discover their own.”
As a family-owned and operated company committed to supporting the communities it serves, Panda has set out to create multiple employment opportunities for local residents, offering one of the highest starting wages in the restaurant industry and comprehensive benefits. A majority of Panda General Managers earn $100,000 annually. Since 2021, Panda has hired nearly 40,000 new associates and continues to hire more. Associates will grow professionally, personally, and financially at Panda, as the company provides a wide range of training programs, as well as professional and personal development courses through the University of Panda. Wages start at $15 per hour for all front-of-house hires, as well as $16 per hour for all new back-of-house hires. Those interested in a career with Panda Express can visit Pandacareers.com.
At each Panda Express location, associates ring a bell each time a guest donates to the Panda Cares® in-store donation box. Panda Cares Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Panda Express, donates 100 percent of the funds collected to local nonprofit organizations that support the health and education needs of underserved youth. Any organization registered as a nonprofit/501(c)(3)/tax-exempt organization can sign up for the Neighborhood Fundraisers, and Panda donates 20% of pre-tax event sales from in-person and online orders submitted through the Panda Express website or mobile app at the selected Panda location. Organizations can learn more about fundraising opportunities here.
Local store hours are Sunday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For more information on Panda Express, please visit Pandaexpress.com.
*For terms and conditions, please visit https://www.pandaexpress.com/promo/nso.
About Panda Express
On a mission to inspire better lives, Panda Express® is the largest Asian dining concept in the U.S. Family-owned and operated since 1983 by Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng, Panda Express is best known as a trailblazer for creating a wide variety of industry-first recipes, including its best-seller The Original Orange Chicken® and award-winning Honey Walnut Shrimp, which have defined the category of authentic American Chinese cuisine. Each dish at Panda Express is thoughtfully crafted with quality ingredients and inspired by bold Chinese flavors and culinary principles. The restaurant brand has more than 2,400 locations and has introduced American Chinese cuisine to 12 international countries.
Powered by this global family of associates, Panda Cares®, Panda’s philanthropic arm, has raised more than $282 million and dedicated countless volunteer hours to bettering the health and education of over 13 million youth, as well as supporting communities in need since 1999. In 2021, Panda Express established the Panda Community Fund — a five-year, $10 million community investment and response program that supports immediate and sustainable solutions from national and local organizations to uplift diverse groups, including people of color and other marginalized communities.