Construction is in progress at the former Infinito’s Pizza location at The Point shopping center in Lower Paxton Township.

Infinito’s Pizza previously moved to a different location at the shopping center. And now construction is taking place at its former space for a new Panera Bread location that will include a drive-thru. Panera Bread is currently located at the location next to the former Infinito’s space and has been at the shopping center for more than 17 years.

Lower Paxton Township officials first confirmed that Panera Bread had received a permit to build next door back in 2019 and recently confirmed that Panera Bread is indeed working on renovations next door. It’s not clear exactly why it took so long for construction to begin or when the new location is expected to open. Kristi Jackson, the marketing and investor relations manager for Cedar Realty Trust, which owns The Point, couldn’t be reached for comment. And Panera Bread officials could not be reached for comment either.

Vacancies in east shore shopping centers

There is a vacant space between Boost Mobile and the Wine and Spirits store at The Point shopping center at 4203 Union Deposit Road. Infinito’s is at left. Vacancies in east shore shopping centers. January 15, 2021. Dan Gleiter | [email protected]

The shopping center has 268,037 square feet and is anchored by Giant, Burlington, Staples and Home Outlet and includes smaller tenants like Plato’s Outlet and the Dollar Tree. Home Outlet opened next to Burlington last year. But the shopping center does have empty spaces. The A.C. Moore store is vacant and there is an unfilled space between the state liquor store and Boost Mobile.

Panera Bread is known for its bread, baked goods, salads, sandwiches and soups. And this isn’t the only new location for Panera Bread. The company is currently constructing one of its restaurants at Susquehanna Union Green in Susquehanna Township. And Panera Bread opened a new location at High Pointe Commons in Swatara Township in 2019.

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