Panera Bread should be serving customers in downtown Boise by June or July.
Construction started in late March on the 5,000-square-foot Panera Bread building at Myrtle and 11th streets, said David Wali, executive vice president at Gardner Co., developer of the Pioneer Crossing development.
Panera Bread is the third of four structures Gardner and Ball Ventures of Idaho Falls are building at Pioneer Crossing, bounded by Myrtle, Front, 11th and 13th Streets. Wali believes this will be the first downtown Panera Bread with a drive-thru.
Panera Bread has six stores in Idaho in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Chubbuck, Idaho Falls and Hayden. Panera only arrived in Idaho, its 46th state, in June 2015 in Nampa with the other stores following in 2016.
The $65 million Pioneer Crossing development started construction in November 2016 with the five-level, 850-space Pioneer Crossing garage. It opened to the public in early April after first opening in late February for employees Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, Boise Valley Economic Partnership and Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau, all of which now have their offices on the garage’s street level.
Next to the garage, a 150-room Hilton Garden Inn should be completed and open in June, Wali said.
Pioneer Crossing’s fourth planned building would be five-story, roughly 120,000-square-foot office building at Myrtle and 13th that could start construction in summer 2019 or earlier if tenant commit to enough square footage sooner.
Wali said Gardner has interest from two potential tenants for a combined 50,000 square feet and a proposal has been presented to a third tenant for about 20,000 square feet. He did not name the tenants.
ESI Construction of Meridian is the general contractor on Panera Bread. Okland Construction of Salt Lake City was the general contractor on the garage. Headwaters Construction of Victor is the general contractor on the Hilton Garden Inn.
Editor’s Note: The article was updated at 11:20 a.m. April 9 with information that Ball Ventures is co-developer of Pioneer Crossing.