RACHEL SLATTERY / THE EAGLE
The Panera Bread in Tenelytown does not accept EagleBuck$, but the store may accept this payment option in the future.
Panera employees at the national level are working on an agreement regarding Eaglebuck$ with Blackboard, who manages the computer programming of Eaglebuck$, according to Dining Programs Coordinator Sebastian Green.
“They are waiting for this relationship to be fully formed before allowing individual stores to accept stored value transactions from BlackBoard managed systems,” Green said.
Green said AU began working with Panera Bread to join the EagleBuck$ program before the store’s opening last November.
However, Panera Bread General Store Manager Yerim Thiam said AU contacted him about six months ago about Eaglebuck$ as a payment option.
Thiam said he forwarded the information to Panera employees on the national level.
“I would like to do [Eaglebuck$],” Thiam said. “Most students come in here asking about Eaglebuck$ anyways.”
Thiam said he has not heard back about AU’s request yet and is unsure if or when an EagleBuck$ payment method will be implemented.