As is the company’s custom, Panera, coming to The Crossings in Spring Hill, has not announced an opening date. However, the Source this weekend confirmed the official opening date of the store.
As per several employees, with official knowledge of the opening plans for the bagel, sandwich and coffee fast-casual restaurant, the store will open on January 31.
The same employees, who have official knowledge, said the store hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
Because the date of open is still not officially announced by Panera corporate, the Source did not name the employees who shared this official information, to err on the side of caution just in case they could be reprimanded for confirming information not yet officially public. In recent weeks, Panera employees hired to work at the new location had posted on Facebook saying it will open on January 31st, but only this weekend did it become clear that those who spoke to the Source were in a position to be certain of that day as the opening date.
One of those earlier Facebook statements came weeks ago.
In a public post on a Spring Hill group Facebook page by Cleven Trammell, who lists his occupation as a Panera general manager at West End in Nashville, wrote:
“I am telling you as a General Manager for Panera. Open date is set for 1/31/2018.”
But that date could not be corroborated as Panera’s official plan until statements over the weekend to the Source by employees at the Spring Hill store who were either told, or knew firsthand via communications with the corporate office, that confirmed the date claimed by Trammell as official.
When the company got approval in February for the the 6,483 square-foot building at 2012 Crossings Circle, it said its target date to open was early 2018. The site contains 1.25 acres and will be a two-tenant retail building. It is located between Logan’s Roadhouse and the vacant lot adjacent to Cracker Barrel
The Panera’s general manager Kevin Hulford, who did not respond to requests for information or interviews, has been posting job openings on Facebook for the coming Spring Hill location.
“We’re still hiring for Spring Hill Panera,” he posted on January 5. “Apply at panerabread.jobs looking for all positions especially mornings. We will work with availability! Great pay and Benefits.”
Plans show the second tenant in the new building to be a Visionworks.
Panera will have a two-lane drive-thru, according to the building’s plans.
“Panera has been looking at Spring Hill for several years, so it is great news they are finally here,” Mayor Rick Graham said. “They will be a nice addition to our dining options.”