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(EAST PEORIA, IL – JUNE 2, 2020) – Coming on the heels of the much-anticipated retail re-openings occurring in June, Cullinan Properties, Ltd. is pleased to announce the opening of a new Panera Bread location at The Levee District on Wednesday, June 3rd. The free-standing 4,380 SF bakery-café is located at 496 W. Washington St., opposite Target near the Washington Street roundabout.

Panera Bread relocated to The Levee District from Camp Street Crossing. This new location features a drive-thru, outdoor dining patio and more ample parking.

“Panera is very excited to bring our newest cafe in Central Illinois to the town of East Peoria! At Panera, our mission is to provide great eating experiences that are accessible to all, because good eating brings out the best in all of us. While there is not full access to the dining room just yet, our menu is accessible through many different means at this new location, including Curbside Ordering and Pick-Up, Contactless Delivery, Drive-Thru, Rapid Pick-Up and Catering for large orders. We look forward to serving and providing for our customers and the community. We are one Panera for a healthier and happier world!”, stated Joe Soney, Area Operating Partner for Panera Bread.

“We are excited to offer a quality fast casual restaurant with drive-thru, outdoor and eat-in dining options. Occupying the last remaining outlot at The Levee District, Panera will complement our other offerings and allow easy access off the roundabout for those dining in East Peoria,” stated Sean Garrett, President of Acquisitions and Director of Community Relations for Cullinan Properties, Ltd.

Panera is known for serving clean food in a warm, welcoming environment. The restaurant’s menu consists of freshly baked breads, breakfast pastries and bagels, soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas and specialty drinks. The bakery-café also recently launched a coffee subscription service, which will be offered at The Levee District location.


About Panera Bread

Thirty years ago, at a time when quick service meant low quality, Panera set out to challenge this expectation. We believed that food that was good and that you could feel good about, served in a warm and welcoming environment by people who cared, could bring out the best in all of us. To us, that is food as it should be and that is why we exist.

So, we began with a simple commitment: to bake bread fresh every day in our bakery-cafes. No short cuts, just bakers with simple ingredients and hot ovens. Each night, any unsold bread and baked goods were shared with neighbors in need.

These traditions carry on today, as we have continued to find ways to be an ally for wellness to our guests. That means crafting a menu of soups, salads and sandwiches that we are proud to feed our families. Like poultry and pork raised without antibiotics on our salads and sandwiches. A commitment to transparency and options that empower our guests to eat the way they want. Seasonal flavors and whole grains. And a commitment to removing or not using artificial additives (preservatives, sweeteners, flavors, and colors from artificial sources on our No No list) in the food in our bakery-cafes. Why? Because we think that simpler is better and we believe in serving food as it should be. Because when you don’t have to compromise to eat well, all that is left is the joy of eating.

We’re also focused on improving quality and convenience. With investments in technology and operations, we now offer new ways to enjoy your Panera favorites – like mobile ordering and Rapid PickUp® for to-go orders and delivery – all designed to make things easier for our guests.

As of March 31, 2020, there were 2,174 bakery-cafes in 48 states and in Ontario, Canada, operating under the Panera Bread® or Saint Louis Bread Co.® names. For more information, visit or find us on Twitter (@panerabread), Facebook ( or Instagram (@panerabread).


About The Levee District

Owned and managed by Cullinan Properties, Ltd., The Levee District, encompasses over 86 acres that includes 650,000 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space, as well as office, hotel and civic components. Co-anchors include Target, Costco, Ross Dress For Less and Ulta. Businesses adjacent to the property include: Holiday Inn & Suites with a full service Johnny’s Italian Steak House, Hometown Bank, Aldi and the Fondulac District Library. For more information, visit and


About Cullinan Properties

Cullinan Properties, LTD. is a leading provider of real estate services specializing in commercial and mixed-use developments and acquisitions.  With offices in Peoria, IL, Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO, Cullinan Properties is a multi-disciplined real estate firm that develops, manages and owns mixed-use, retail, multi-family, office, governmental and medical properties throughout the United States, including Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Georgia and Texas. For additional information about Cullinan Properties, Ltd., visit


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