Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Last day for Panera Bread on Union Square

The Union Square outpost of Panera Bread is shutting down for good this afternoon at 2 (H/T EVG reader Dan!) ...
No reason was cited for this closure; signage points Panera-goers to two locations nearby on Fifth Avenue. This outpost opened here at 10 Union Square East in 2012. 

The company, based in Sunset Hills, Mo., has some 2,000 bakery-cafes in the United States and Canada. There have been reports of dozens of Panera closings nationwide in the past two years.

13 comments:

Pinch said...

The UPS store recently closed, around the corner, on the 14th st. side of this building.

Anonymous said...

You’re welcome for the tip!! That whole building seems in question always enjoyed that area. Started going there for the unlimited sips club now there gone 😔

Anonymous said...

Well that sucks, it was a great spot to sit, relax and have a snack after having some medical stuff done at Mt. Sinai next door.

Anonymous said...

Several of the smaller spaces in that building have closed in recent months, despite all signs of their having been busy and successful businesses. I wonder if it has anything to do with the Target that will be occupying the former Food Emporium space? Perhaps the landlord isn't allowing renewal of leases if they're going to be incorporated into the footprint of the new Target, or if they're hoping to consolidate them into an accompanying single store that could take advantage of the frontage on well-traveled Union Square.

But I'll miss the convenience of this Panera.

Anonymous said...

A staff said they have plans to reopen between 11th & 12th street at University Place in November. It’ll be a smaller store and less convenient but I hope it’s true!!

Anonymous said...

Didn’t see it coming! I was just in there on Sunday getting a drink as a member of the sip club.Highly dissapointed and saddened as I recently moved in the area and the convenience of being able to walk to.this location was pleasing.I’m thinking of canceling my subscription because of the inconvenience having to take mass transit now to get my favorite food and drink items. This SUCKS!!!😠😠

Anonymous said...

I was thinking "good riddance" to a mediocre national chain in our neighborhood with plenty of interesting & independent places for a soup, sandwich or coffee. I'm surprised to see some nostalgic "aww, I'll miss Panera Bread" vibe comments from this typically very tough group of EVG-reading/commenting customers. Serious question: what do people like to get there that I may have been missing??

Grieve said...

The Sunburst Espresso Bar, one of those independent places for soup, sandwiches or coffee, recently closed on 18th Street and 3rd Avenue after 28 years in biz.

Anonymous said...

Anon. 12:58 - The convenience, for one thing. The "interesting & independent places for a soup, sandwich or coffee" are not in the immediate vicinity of a large medical building utilized by thousands of people a day, many of whom are elderly and / or have limited mobility, and who appreciated the range of offerings, not wildly overpriced, that Panera offered. Also, the Asiago cheese bread, when toasted and slathered with butter and drunk with a big cup of English Breakfast tea with sugar and milk was a treat not to be missed.

Anonymous said...

Easy to act all rah rah about indie businesses... until they come for your preferred chain.

areacode212 said...

Regarding Sunburst, it was closed by the Health Dept. in late May. I was hoping that they would've been able to reopen by now, but it's been a while:

https://a816-health.nyc.gov/ABCEatsRestaurants/?fbclid=IwAR15HrmxOe3d02YioYbxJHetHcvHbrETenSyfxiiFjWtezZ1AwCg-ZnwDzo#!/Search/41211246

As for Panera, I was a member of the Unlimited Sip Club, and so it was a convenient place to pick up lemonade/tea/coffee! Very disappointing!

Anonymous said...

“Sip club” $11 per month unlimited drinks, coffees, iced teas. Soups are actually not bad and some sandwiches are pretty good too.

Anonymous said...

Amen. The fewer chains the better