Panera Bread is now the latest restaurant looking to reap the benefits of a super-fast growing White Oak Shopping Center.
Planning Director Brad Bass said the bakery and cafe style restaurant has applied for a conditional use permit for site plan approval.
The restaurant has requested to build in the northwest quadrant of White Oak, which is across the street from Cabela’s if you cross over Jones Sausage Road.
The town council approved a site plan for Red Robin in the northwest quadrant only two weeks ago. Panera Bread would become the sixth restaurant to flank Cabela’s, along with Carolina Ale House, Red Robin, Five Guys and City Barbeque.
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The site plan for Panera Bread is still at staff level for review, Bass said.
“We know a general schedule of when it might come out but it’s early to say when the hearing will be scheduled,” he said. “But it would tract toward coming to Planning Commission next month and the council in July.
“The developer will start putting in streets and water and sewer infrastructure this month,” he said. “You’ll start seeing some activity to get the basic infrastructure in.”
The developer for the site is Rich Barta of Core Properties.
Barta said three weeks ago Red Robin wouldn’t be the only business in that area.
“We have a number of really good retailers and restaurants for that quadrant,” Barta said then.
Headquartered in Sunset Hills, Missouri, Panera Bread is a chain of bakery-café fast casual restaurants in the United States and Canada. It offers salads, breads, pastries, sandwiches, soups and pasta.
Panera Bread was originally opened as St. Louis Bread in 1987.
There are about 10 Panera Bread restaurants in the Triangle. There are 1,880 locations in the U.S. and Canada as of Dec. 20, 2014.