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Panera Bread plans drive-thru window at Transit Road site in East Amherst

The Panera Bread on Transit Road in East Amherst is planning to install a drive-thru window, according to documents filed with the Amherst Building Department.

The nationwide seller of baked goods, coffee, sandwiches and soup would add the drive-through to its location at 8200 Transit Road, just north of Maple Road.

Bohler Engineering, on behalf of Panera Bread, is seeking an area variance from the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals for the project. Panera needs a variance because the town code requires a minimum of six stacking spaces for the order box for the drive-through, but Panera would leave room for just four spaces.

The Zoning Board is set to review the request at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville.

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