Customers trying to save Saint Louis Bread Co. in The Loop

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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – Neighbors are sending out an ‘SOS’ – save our shop – as a battle for the University City Saint Louis Bread Co. is brewing on the Delmar Loop. Customers said they aren't going down without a fight.

Restaurants tend to come and go, but with this long time Bread Co. location here in The Loop just weeks from closing its doors, customers are trying to force a change of mind.

Customer Dan Riley is not willing to give up just yet. He’s launched an online petition to get parent company Panera to keep this place open – and people are responding. University City Mayor Shelly Welsch has even taken to Facebook to ask people to sign it. She calls the place a local institution.

Riley said he’s tried to contact Panera company officials to no avail. They’ve not returned his messages. Panera also did not respond to our requests for comment, either.