Panera Bread is taking over the space now occupied by Blockbuster in the 700 block of Elmwood Avenue. The fast-casual restaurant is leasing space from The Benchmark Group and is across the street from Benchmark's proposed mixed-use project at 766 Elmwood.
The Buffalo News confirms
what has been rumored for months:
Panera Bread has submitted plans to the Buffalo Planning Board to convert the Blockbuster at 765 Elmwood Ave., at Cleveland Avenue, into a restaurant.
However, the financially troubled movie rental chain, which has been closing sites across the region and nation, has not announced plans to close or relocate the Elmwood store.
If the proposed renovation project gets the nod from the city, Panera could open as early as next year.
was started in 1981 and is expanding quickly across North America,operating 1,562 company-owned and franchise-operated bakery-cafes in 40 states and in Ontario, Canada as of earlier this year. The company is headquartered in St. Louis.