Panda Express coming to Lima

By Camri Nelson -

LIMA — The national Chinese fast food restaurant Panda Express is expected to be built soon on 3200 Elida Road.

The $750,000 construction project will be built where the old mini-mall was in the 3200 plaza. This is the same location where the Butt Hut Cigarette Outlet was recently torn down. CFT NV Developments LLC is the owner of the property.

This location will be the third Panda Express restaurant in northwest Ohio with a location on 1843 Tiffin Ave. in Findlay and 1455 North Clinton St. in Defiance. There are over 2,000 Panda Express restaurants in 49 states.

Customers who dine in at Panda Express can choose from a variety of American Chinese dishes such as orange chicken, black pepper chicken, teriyaki chicken broccoli beef, fried rice, chow mein, fried rice, mix vegetables, cream cheese rangoons and more. Panda Express has a food line where customers can look look at the food items displayed in bowls and choose from the food available. The setup is similar to the food line at Chipotle.

Customers have multiple ordering options, from as little as one entree and one side in a bowl to a family feast with three large entrees and two large sides.

Although there is currently a sign at the 3200 Elida Road location, the official grand opening date has not been released. A guest relations representative indicated in an email response that there is not a specific date or a guaranteed time frame in which it will be opening.

By Camri Nelson

Reach Camri Nelson at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @CamriNews.

Reach Camri Nelson at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @CamriNews.

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