Leesburg’s dining options continue to grow, and Panda Express is one of the latest to announce its arrival in town.
Self-proclaimed as America’s largest family-owned Chinese restaurant, Panda Express will set up shop in the Battlefield shopping center on Edwards Ferry Road anchored by Kohl’s, Target and Costco. The 2,700-square-foot restaurant is under construction near Chik-fil-A.
Sonya Modi, a spokeswoman for Panda Express, said the restaurant is expected to open in late 2017. It will add to the company’s roster of more than 1,900 locations globally. And while many consumers are used to seeing the popular chain in area malls, Modi notes that malls account for only 2 percent of Panda Express locations.
Once it opens, Panda Express is expected to employ 20-25 associates.