Oakleaf Plantation, FL

OakLeaf Plantation getting new free-standing Panera Bread

Don Johnson

The Panera Bread in OakLeaf Town Center will be replaced by a new free-standing restaurant that will provide drive-thru service.

Ferber Company has announced its acquisition of a 1.54 acre parcel in OakLeaf Town Center in the OakLeaf Plantation neighborhood to house the restaurant.

The current Panera in Oakleaf has been in operation for 10 years but does not have a drive-thru. The new freestanding cafe will feature a double drive-thru, rapid pick-up option and improved parking.

"Covid accelerated the need for drive-thru options," Tom Mundy, executive vice president at Ferber Company, said in a company press release. "This is a growth market and while the strong majority of restaurants were already moving to drive thru, Covid confirmed that customers feel much more comfortable using the drive-thru option."

The new location is already under construction and Panera hopes to be open in the spring of 2023. The Ferber Company acquired the parcel in June and they are working with Prosser, Inc, Cuhachi Peterson, Ladson Construction and Coastal Plain Construction on the new building.

The Jacksonville Daily Record reported that Ferber Company bought the site for $850,000 in June.

Ferber Company is a privately held real estate development and investment company headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, with offices in St. Petersburg and Singer Island, and Basking Ridge, N.J.

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New Panera Bread to open in OakLeaf Town CenterPhoto courtesy of Panera Bread

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