Powers Ferry Square may soon welcome a Panera Bread. While no official announcement has been made, I received confirmation from a Panera representative that the company intends to open a location on the land that once housed FasTracKids. Headquartered just outside Denver, FasTracKids is a franchised early childhood education facility whose Buckhead location closed some time ago. Panera is likely not be be open until at least the first quarter of next year, or possibly the second quarter, depending upon when a deal is signed. Currently Panera has two locations in Buckhead, in Lenox Square Mall and in Peachtree Square Shopping Center across from Imperial Fez.
Aside from Powers Ferry Square, Jacksonville Florida-based Regency Centers owns or manages a number of shopping centers in Atlanta, one of special interest in this case being Loehmann's Plaza at Briarcliff and North Druid Hills roads. With a vacant Grady's American Grill at Loehmann's Plaza, Regency sought to redevelop it and leveled the restaurant. In its place, one single pad was laid and a single building erected, with a Starbucks Coffee and a Panera Bread. Regency would seemingly hope to replicate something similar to this scenario at Powers Ferry Plaza. Both centers have a Jersey Mike's, a Moe's Southwest Grill and an apparel draw, Loehmann's & Plato's Closet at Loehmann's Plaza and Fox's at Powers Ferry Square. While there is a Navy Federal Credit Union branch in Loehmann's Plaza that lists its location as "Buckhead," its clearly not Buckhead.
Given the recent additions of Flip Burger Boutique, and Gigi's Cupcakes, and upcoming openings of Zoë's Kitchen and Menchie's Frozen Yogurt at Tuxedo Festival across the street from Powers Ferry Square, Panera will undoubtedly be a welcome addition to the 'hood. ToNeTo Atlanta