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Panera Bread franchisee delays project in Huntley

Work on other projects wrapping up this year

A sign on the southeast corner of Route 47 and Kreutzer Road in Huntley announces a Panera Bread will open in 2019.
A sign on the southeast corner of Route 47 and Kreutzer Road in Huntley announces a Panera Bread will open in 2019.

Ground will break this spring for a new Panera Bread on the corner of Route 47 and Kreutzer Road after the restaurant’s franchisee pushed back construction plans initially slated to begin this year.

Huntley development services director Charles Nordman said the franchisee, Hamra Enterprises Inc., notified the village earlier this year that it planned to delay the project because of conflicts with other developments.

“It was their decision and had nothing to do with the village,” Nordman said.

Last year, Hamra Enterprises submitted conceptual plans for a 7,500-square-foot building at the intersection. About 4,200 square feet of the building would be used for the Panera Bread restaurant with a drive-thru, and the remaining 3,300 square feet would host another retailer.

The board approved a final planned unit development and special use permit for the proposal during its meeting
June 22, 2017. The franchisee then closed on the Panera site in May, Nordman said.

Although Panera has experienced its share of setbacks, a couple of other Huntley developments are expected to be finished by the end of the year.

A 7,900-square-foot O’Reilly Auto Parts retail store north of the stoplight of Huntley Crossings and Route 47 should be finished later this year and is expected open to the public in early 2019, according to a village newsletter.

A 2,500-square-foot Verizon building on a Huntley Crossings lot, near the corner of Route 47 and Regency Parkway, also is expected to open later this year, the newsletter said.

There is a Verizon Authorized Retailer TCC at
12030 Princeton Drive, but the village has no existing Verizon retail stores.

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