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Panera Bread Co. has plans for a new Lincoln restaurant at 62nd and O streets.

DANIEL ACKER, Bloomberg file photo

According to an application to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department, Panera Bread Co. plans a new location at 62nd and O streets, across the street from Gateway.

The application says the 6,000-square-foot building housing Great China Buffet at 6145 O St. would be torn down and a 4,800-square-foot Panera would be built in its place.

The application to the Planning Department is seeking to remove a protective covenant on the site that prohibits drive-through lanes. It also wants preserve the two access points off of O Street that the site has.

Panera officials could not be reached for comment, but it seems this site would likely not be an addition but rather a replacement for the Panera on 66th Street outside Gateway, which is only about five blocks away.

Media reports indicate that Panera has been replacing locations across the country that are in shopping malls with standalone locations with drive-throughs.

Marketing materials for the retail pad sites around the Costco at 14th Street and Pine Lake Road have shown a standalone Panera planned there for months, and it's been speculated that it would be a replacement for the one at SouthPointe Pavilions at 27th and Pine Lake.

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Reach the writer at 402-473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com.

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Business editor/reporter

Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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