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      Traverse City may be welcoming Panera Bread

      A popular cafe and bakery chain could be coming to Traverse City.

      Anchor Properties has submitted a request to Garfield Township officials hoping for approval of a Panera Bread franchise.

      The idea was introduced at a meeting with township planning commissioners, and they have until May 30th to show a proper plan for storm water filtration - because of it's proximity to Kids Creek.

      If given the go-ahead, demolition would begin this fall on the Hertz repair and rental car lot at the corner of Franke Road and U.S. 31 (near the Great Wolf Lodge). Construction would then start on the new Panera building in the spring of 2014.

      A public hearing on the new Panera will take place June 12th.