In my story about the decline of the corner bakery and bakery outlets in the Twin Cities, I mentioned a number of bakeries and outlets that have closed. Several readers wanted to know about the outlet stores that remain. Here's a list of the ones that I know. Feel free to comment on others that you know about in the Twin Cities and I will add them.
Pan-O-Gold (3200 Ranchview Lane, Plymouth, 763-559-1515) Country Hearth and other pre-packaged breads, snacks and condiments.
Sara Lee/Taystee (2400 County Rd. E., New Brighton, 651-639-1266 and 10613 University Ave., Blaine, 763-755-5542). Packaged breads, milk, cookies, snacks, cereals.
Hopkins Thrift (1812 Mainstreet, Hopkins, 952-931-9679) From Cub Foods and Jerry's Foods.
White Bear Lake Country Hearth Thrift (1515 White Bear Ave., 651-774-0760) A Country Hearth outlet similar to Pan-O-Gold.
Mainstreet Bakery (6947 Washington Av. S., Edina, 952-943-8008). Open from 3-5 p.m. Wednesdays and from 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Artisan breads, hot dog and hamburger buns, assorted rolls and doughnuts, chocolate, cakes. Also check out Italian specialties such as a 60-ounce tray of lasagna with meat, pasta sauce, pesto and cheese ravioli. Everything is made on the premises for local retailers, restaurants and hotels.
Lofthouse or C2B (7350 Commerce Lane, Fridley, 763-586-6241). Go to the north side of the building near the back. Artisan breads for $1 per loaf, packaged foods, cakes, cookies.
DealSmart (2553 Highway 10 NE., Moundsview 763-717-2967 and 2900 Rice St., Little Canada, 651-287-7899). Not a bakery outlet exclusively, DealSmart sells about 5,000 loaves a week of Brownberry breads. Some Entenmann's items too. Also some gluten-free breads and fresh breads from Uptown Bakery. Sara Lee may be added soon, said owner Bob Bushey. Deliveries are Tuesdays and Fridays.