June 26--The St. Louis Bread Co. outlet at 6701 Clayton Road, in Clayton, is moving to a different municipality but isn't moving far.
Some time in August, the bakery-cafe will relocate to Richmond Heights but is headed just across the street, to a former Applebee's at 6734 Clayton.
Bob Rentfro, the Panera Bread employee overseeing the relocation, said the bigger bakery cafe in Richmond Heights will have more seating and parking than the current space the company leases.
"With this relocation, we are taking the opportunity to provide a more spacious and updated restaurant for our customers and associates," he said in an email. "This move will also allow us to hire for an additional 10 positions and provide more parking and seating."
Amanda Burns, a Panera spokeswoman, said the company doesn't provide costs on specific openings. She said the cost of construction, equipment, furniture, fixtures and signage of the 59 company-owned bakery-cafes opened in fiscal 2013 averaged $1,065,000.
And this just in . . .
The original Breadco outlet, opened in 1987 on Manchester Road in Kirkwood, also is on the move. Don Hutcheson, a Panera regional vice president, says the company's first bakery-cafe will relocate in August to 10221 Manchester.
"The new bakery-cafe will be directly across the street and will feature updated designs, a drive-thru, expanded parking and seating, and Rapid Pick-Up for the convenience of customers," he said in a statement.
Tim Bryant covers commercial real estate, development and other business stories for the Post-Dispatch. He blogs at Building Blocks, the Post-Dispatch development blog.