Panera permanently shutters Stony Point location

Stony Point Fashion Park has said goodbye to its Panera location. (Courtesy Creative Commons)

The Panera Bread at Stony Point Fashion Park has closed its doors for good.

The restaurant, like the rest of the mall, temporarily closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. But now as the rest of the mall has reopened, a call to the Panera store leads to a prerecorded message stating it is permanently closed.

It’s unclear what led to Panera’s closure.

Requests for comment made to the mall’s management office and Panera were not answered.

Panera is a fast-casual chain of eateries based in Missouri, counting 2,300 locations in the United States and Canada. The restaurants serve soups, sandwiches and salads. There are 17 locations in the Richmond area, according to the company’s website. The chain is privately held by JAB Holding Co., which is based in Luxembourg.

Panera is among the latest tenants to leave Stony Point. H&M, the Swedish clothing retail brand, recently closed its 20,000-square-foot location at the mall.

Life Time, a chain of gyms with locations in the United States and Canada, recently confirmed it had dropped consideration of Stony Point as it weighs where it will enter the Richmond market.

Stony Point, which reopened June 8, recently came under the management of The Woodmont Co. after former owner Starwood Retail Partners fell behind on loan payments and lost ownership of the mall to a special servicer.

Stony Point Fashion Park. (BizSense file photo)

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Dom Cobb
Dom Cobb
21 days ago

Another one bites the dust…

Brian Ezzelle
Brian Ezzelle
21 days ago

Outlet mall? Flea market?

Fred Squire
Fred Squire
21 days ago
Reply to  Brian Ezzelle

Maybe a farmers market or giant dog park. Seasonal area for a county fair?

Lord this place is circling the drain. Still waiting for the $50mil in “improvements”

Michael Dodson
Michael Dodson
21 days ago

Panera also closed it’s Carytown location. About 2 1/2 weeks ago.

Leah Miller
Leah Miller
21 days ago

The company, Panera Bread, knew they would be closing this location permanently once the lockdown orders were placed in March. Yet they chose not to notify any of their non-salaried staff until the beginning of this month, right before this news broke. Disappointing to see one of my favorite companies treat their workers this way, people deserve transparency from their employer – especially during these times of uncertainty.

Deon Hamner
Deon Hamner
21 days ago

At this point I just hope CineBistro and PF Chang can survive.

Ed Christina
Ed Christina
21 days ago
Reply to  Deon Hamner

Pre Covid 19 CineBistro seemed t be doing well, you had to book seats well in advance. However all movie chains in general took a huge hit with Corona.

Im not a commercial real estate guru, but I have to think Stonypoint is going to need a complete reboot.

Fred Squire
Fred Squire
20 days ago
Reply to  Ed Christina

I thought cinebistro filed chapter 11. Anyone have news if the Richmond location is just going to get shuttered?

Kay Christensen
Kay Christensen
20 days ago
Reply to  Fred Squire

Yes, Cinebistro filed for bankruptcy in April- their future is unstable at this point.

Deon Hamner
Deon Hamner
19 days ago

Welp… All my hope is lost

David Humphrey
David Humphrey
20 days ago

I still think this mall would have been doing better if they had integrated the surrounding multi-family residential into the mall itself instead of gating it on the outside of the ring road. Might not help some store like Restoration Hardware, but I am thinking there would have been a lot more foot traffic for places like Starbucks and Panera if they had done that.

Krystle Davis
Krystle Davis
3 days ago

I’m going to miss this Panera Bread as I ordered from and dined there frequently for lunch. I work in Stony Point so it was a convenient location. A colleague and I would visit and sit outdoors when not too hot. The next closest Panera location is at Midlothian Tpk & Courthouse Rd which I avoid due to the parking situation and less clean dining area. I’ll be ordering a lot less from Panera in the future. I hate to see the decline at the Stony Point Fashion Park.