The site plan for the project was previously approved by the Springfield Commission, and zoning was approved for the 0.39 acre lot along North Bechtle to allow for the construction of a new restaurant with service at the flying.
Thompson previously said the city was in talks with Klover Architects, who were working on behalf of Panda Express, but they could not be reached for comment.
Clark County residents have spoken about their thoughts on the city’s next addition to the foodie scene.
“I hope they make the dining area nice and welcoming. This is where a lot of local Chinese restaurants fall short. I’m not saying you have to have a full bar and candles, but at least skip the fluorescent/LED lights and have good seating so it’s not like eating at Sam’s Club cafe,” Wario Suarez said via Facebook.
Some residents are excited about the new fast food spot, while others have concerns.
“Panda Express has always been a great place, so it’s nice that they chose to set up shop in Springfield. I can’t wait to see how it goes,” Jessica Eikleberry said.
“I haven’t been to a Panda Express since the pandemic because they were so limited in options. Can’t wait to try the one here,” said Megan Garrison.
Marti Yockey said she would rather have a Waffle House because there are too many Chinese, pizza and chicken restaurants.
Panda Express is a family business that opened its first restaurant in 1983 and now has over 2,000 locations. The casual fast-food concept was known for its food court locations inside malls, but now has standalone locations and can be found inside universities, airports and other locations.
The potential for a Panda Express restaurant follows the arrival of other restaurants in Springfield, including a Chick-fil-A that will open in late winter at 1740 N. Bechtle Ave. and a Skyline Chile under construction on Goodwin Avenue.