Blog: Panera to open restaurant in Modesto

August 6, 2014


paneraAttention, ladies (and men) who lunch …

If you’re like me, you’ve felt a little neglected because of the lack of a Panera Bread Company in Modesto. Stockton has one. Turlock has one. Merced has one, for Pete’s sake.

Well, finally, Modesto is getting a Panera! It will be at 2103 McHenry Ave., according to a city permit request. That’s near Floyd in the same shopping center as Burlington Coat Factory. But we’ll need to be patient.

“We are targeting an early summer opening next year – likely June 2015,” Panera spokeswoman Mandy Burns told me in an email.

We’ll let you know if that date changes as construction begins later this year..

Speaking of McHenry, there are a number of changes coming to McHenry Village at McHenry and Briggsmore.

Bianca’s Bridal is expanding. The store has applied for a permit to expand into the adjacent suite. More room for bridal and evening wear.

Ditto’s is moving to McHenry Village from its downtown location. The printing company should be ready to open on Aug. 18. It will be in the suite where Beardsley Book and Bible used to be.

Rockin’ Jump is also getting ready to open in McHenry Village. It will be in the former Valley Sporting Goods store and is expected to open at the beginning November. It’s the 16th franchise for the company whose motto is “Fitness disguised as fun.”

According to the franchisor, Drew Wilson, it’s not just for kids.

“We’ll have Rockin’ Aerobics for adults,” Wilson said.

He added that there will be American Gladiator-style events as well as birthday parties and fundraisers.

“We’ll be partnering with schools and nonprofits,” Wilson said. “We’re looking forward to being part of the family community in Modesto.”

(Editor’s note: Article was corrected Sept. 23 to reflect that Manteca does not have a Panera franchise).

6 Responses to Blog: Panera to open restaurant in Modesto

  1. Vince Hernandez Reply

    September 16, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    There is not Panera Bread in Manteca.

    • Elizabeth Stevens Reply

      September 23, 2014 at 10:14 am

      I’ve double checked and you’re right. There isn’t one. We will correct. Thanks.

  2. Lynn Reply

    February 16, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Hi! I’ve heard Modesto is getting a Chick Fil A.. Is this true?

    • Elizabeth Stevens Reply

      February 16, 2015 at 11:43 am

      I have not seen anything about that. Do you remember where you heard it?

  3. The Chad Reply

    April 22, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Great, that’s all Modesto needs … Another chain restaurant to make us just like all the other cities up and down California.

    A HUGE congratulation to local owned Bianca’s Bridal for their great success!!

    Modesto used to be filled with local owned places that made this city unique. It is slowly driving out all what’s made this city a great place and filling it with the same businesses every other city has.

  4. Marcie Welsh Reply

    May 13, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Lathrop CA is growing by leaps and bounds. River Islands soon to have a town center. Truly be gratifying to eventually have a Panera there. Many new residents miss having a local PB nearby.
    Something to think about …

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