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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Panera Bread Bakery Cafe to open

In January of this year we learned Target Corp. had struck deal to open a big store (expanding the existing 117,000-square-foot building to a 140,000-square-foot building) on 40th Street near the Emeryville border.

The actual location of the Target's new store (formerly a Home Expo site) is in the Oakland portion of the East Bay Bridge Shopping Center. About two thirds of the retail complex is in Emeryville, and one-third is in Oakland. The two cities share the revenue that the center generates.

Today we learn Fancher Development Services Inc., is attempting to build a 4,000-square-foot building to house a Panera Bread Bakery Cafe with a drive-thru, at the corner of 40th and Horton Streets currently Target’s parking lot for the East Bay Bridge Shopping Center.
 
The developer will go before Emeryville’s planning commission on Thursday night for a design review of the building, which could be up and running in summer 2011.

Once again, the two cities (Emeryville and Oakland) have an agreement under which Emeryville is responsible for the planning permits and Oakland is responsible for building permits for the site.


For those not familiar with Panera Bread, they are a quick service restaurant that is part cafe, part bakery and has close to 16 stores in the Bay Area including San Francisco, Fremont, San Rafael, Millbrae and Antioch. Once open, the restaurant will have 30 to 40 employees.

To see their menu, click here.

Source: San Francisco Business Times

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