Post navigation

Prev: (02/19/20) | Next: (02/20/20)

A chain that lasted 10 years on Capitol Hill, Panera Bread set to close on Broadway

Broadway’s reputation for chewing up chains and spitting them up lives on. Kind of.

After a decade of service and tables busy with Seattle Central students who may or may not have bought something to eat, Capitol Hill’s location of the Panera Bread will close at the end of the month.

Thanks to the CHS readers letting us know about the sign going up announcing the impending closure.

Panera is a St. Louis-based company which also owns Au Bon Pain is part of the global JAB Holding Company. Last year, JAB, which also owns the Stumptown coffee chain, came under increased scrutiny over its founding family’s Nazi past.

The Capitol Hill Panera debuted in 2010 in the Broadway Building amid a roster of chain businesses joining the development coming out of the global economic downturn of the late 2000s. A representative for Hunters Capital, the Capitol Hill-based developer that owns and manages the building tells CHS that there is already a new tenant lined up to replace Panera but couldn’t reveal what business was incoming to the Broadway and Pine development due to a nondisclosure agreement.

Expect some changes and a new business that is probably not a restaurant. The new tenant will require a permitted “change of use” with the city.


HELP KEEP CHS 'PAY WHAT YOU CAN' FOR EVERYONE -- SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Support local journalism dedicated to your neighborhood. SUBSCRIBE HERE. Join to become a subscriber at $1/$5/$10 a month to help CHS provide community news with NO PAYWALL. You can also sign up for a one-time annual payment.


Subscribe and support CHS Contributors -- $1/$5/$10 per month

10 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Taylor
Taylor
1 year ago

I hope it doesn’t become another bank or urgent care facility

Brad B
Brad B
1 year ago
Reply to  Taylor

Yeah screw people getting healthcare

Anastasia
Anastasia
1 year ago
Reply to  Brad B

Screw predatory urgent care centers that overtreat and overcharge.

Jim98122x
Jim98122x
1 year ago
Reply to  Brad B

The couple of times I used one of them, my experience was that they neither over-treated nor over-charged. Some have different payment scales for people paying cash. No, they’re not sliding scale clinics like Country Doctor. But there’s still Country Doctor on 19th or the walk-in Country Doctor night clinic at Swedish/Cherry Hill for that. Your resentment seems misplaced. Our screwed up healthcare system isn’t the fault of these walk-in clinics. A lot of people like them and probably need them.

southsound22@hotmail.com
southsound22@hotmail.com
1 year ago
Reply to  Taylor

Youve had a different experience than me. Love the urgent care centers. Service is fast, no headache.

CapHillGay
CapHillGay
1 year ago

Good, Broadway needs less generic chain stores. (Until this becomes a bank or a dentists office)

sadday
sadday
1 year ago

Really? People walk around in Chanel and Hugo Boss all the time, no one seems to care about their Nazi connection!

CD Balooka
CD Balooka
1 year ago

Panera’s neighbor (Game Stop) space is for lease, for the low low price of $8,306.00 per month.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/off/d/seattle-prime-retail-space-on-broadway/7070286656.html

Not sure the size of Panera, I’m guessing the rent is $12,000+ per month. Good luck on a cool, independent business on Broadway folks!

MarciaX
MarciaX
1 year ago

My view of Panera will be forever colored by its ill-conceived foray into scam soup kitchens known as “Panera Cares Cafes” (Portland had one for a while) where the signage and company PR explicitly invited customers to pay whatever they wished or could afford, but whose staff called out, berated and shamed anyone who dared pay a penny less than full price — for food that they were already getting a tax write-off for (“Panera Cares” was a separate, allegedly charitable organization). Nasty company, overpriced and underwhelming product. Won’t miss it one bit.

Mallory Nicolaus
1 year ago

This blog about A chain that lasted 10 years on Capitol Hill, Panera Bread set to close on Broadway
has helped me a lot. These are the Facebook Ads
techniques that earned $10,649.22 in a single day (click) – https://s96.me/facebook-university Kiss you All!