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.