Construction is ongoing on the former Infinito’s Pizza location at The Point Shopping Center in Lower Paxton Township.

Infinito’s Pizza had previously moved to a different location in the mall. And now a new location for Panera Bread is being built at its previous location, which will include a drive through. Panera Bread is currently located next to the former Infinito room and has been in the mall for more than 17 years.

Lower Paxton Township officials first confirmed that Panera Bread had already received approval to build next door back in 2019, and recently confirmed that Panera Bread is actually working on renovation work next door. It’s not clear why construction took so long to start or when the new site is expected to open. Kristi Jackson, Marketing and Investor Relations Manager at Cedar Realty Trust, which owns The Point, could not be reached for comment. Panera Bread officials could not be reached for comment either.

There is a vacant space between Boost Mobile and the Wine and Spirits Store in The Point Shopping Center at 4203 Union Deposit Road. Infinito is on the left. Job vacancies in shopping centers on the east coast. January 15, 2021. Dan Gleiter | dgleiter@pennlive.com

The mall is 268,037 square feet and is anchored by Giant, Burlington, Staples and Home Outlet. It includes smaller tenants like Plato’s Outlet and the Dollar Tree. The Home Outlet opened next to Burlington last year. But the mall has empty spaces. The AC Moore store is empty and there is an unoccupied 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 building one of its restaurants on Susquehanna Union Green in the Susquehanna parish. And Panera Bread opened a new location at High Pointe Commons in the Swatara community in 2019.

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