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January 18, 2012

Panera aims to open Derry restaurant this summer

DERRY — The town's newest restaurant will offer drive-through dining.

Panera Bread representatives appeared before the Planning Board Jan. 11 to offer updated details on the restaurant, part of the new Pinkerton Place retail/business site on Manchester Road.

Randy LaClaire, representing developers Boomer Wolf LLC, returned to the board with more detailed facade plans for the new restaurant. Panera would be near the new Woof Meow pet store and future Goodwill store.

Showing the facade with tile exterior materials, town officials asked LaClaire if the Panera plan could somehow incorporate more native New Hampshire materials.

"(To use local products), we prefer to have something as opposed to not," Town Administrator John Anderson said.

Planners previously requested that the new Wal-Mart store use more native stonework in its design.

The new Wal-Mart also is being built off Manchester Road/Ashleigh Drive, part of the town's plan to widen that portion of the road in an effort to attract more business to that area.

Anderson said many people are happy with the new restaurant plan.

"I was over at Pinkerton with about 140 freshmen this morning," he said, "and they were all thrilled to hear a Panera Bread was coming."

LaClaire said groundbreaking is set for late February or March, with an opening expected sometime this summer.

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