UPDATED: Panera to Close Shaker Heights Location

Last day of business will be Nov. 21

Panera Bread will soon close its Shaker Heights location. 

The final day of operation at 20060 Van Aken Blvd. will be Nov. 21, manager Shannon Ross said.

The company is closing the Shaker Plaza location in favor of a soon-to-open site at Cedar Center in South Euclid.

The city first reported the news Monday afternoon on its Facebook page.

"As you know, we've secured all of the funding for the reconfiguration of the Warrensville/Van Aken intersection and are in the midst of planning for the revitalization of the Van Aken District," Shaker's Facebook page reads. "As that proceeds, we expect it to attract additional restaurants, coffee houses and gathering places."

Shaker Heights Economic Development Director Tania Menesse said refilling the space would be a large part of the Van Aken project.

"Right now, it's very well set up for food," she said. "It would be really nice to see investment in the area. That's what the community is looking for, food and entertainment."

Though the space is large, Menesse said the income tax impact of Panera's departure would not be nearly as great as the "community life aspect" of the closure.

"That area is ripe for development," she said, " and for everyone its not coming quickly enough."

Garry Kanter November 13, 2012 at 01:37 PM
That portion of Cedar Center is in South Euclid, not Cleveland Heights. SE will poach anything.
Garry Kanter November 13, 2012 at 01:38 PM
You should see the CH council throw $ away. They proclaim themselves to be "developers", when they are merely a bank account open to anyone with a story and friends.
William Cody November 13, 2012 at 01:43 PM
No way I am driving to Cedar Center or worse to Harvard Square for our favorite Panera goodies. Shaker has lost a nice amenity. I thought they should have been incented to move to the corner location where the pet store was. Oh well. Also i have heard that it was partly a very poor landlord (don't know who that is) at fault. Comments above are right - Shaker leadership should have stepped in and provided a vision. Poor form!
Involved Resident November 19, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Does anyone know why Panera decided to move to Cedar Center. I wonder what, if anything, the SH could have done to stop the move. If the attraction was to the happening new development, SH will need new buildings. The danger in that is we could end up with the Bedford experiment (see Northfield/Rockside).
William Cody November 19, 2012 at 04:24 PM
They didnt really move. they just closed the store. The new location was in construction for quite some time. And to the point of the fellow above - guess who is opening in the location of the old CVS near Shaker Heights HDW? Dollar Tree!


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