Store Review: Orowheat Bakery Outlet (Now Bimbo Bakery Outlet)

Note: This is now the “Bimbo Bakery Outlet”, featuring the Orowheat and Thomas brands as it has in the past, but also Sara Lee now.

Finally, after hearing about the great deals at the Orowheat Bakery Outlet from quite a few readers, I made it in to see what it’s all about!

The Orowheat Bakery Outlet is located at 4751 Flintridge Drive, on the southwest corner of Flintridge and Academy, kind of behind Walgreens.  If you’re not familiar with what a bakery outlet is or how it works, here’s the scoop: the bakeries stock stores with bread products, and when it gets too close to the “best by” date on the package, the bakery stockers remove the bread products from the stores and take them to the outlet.

Consequently, the bread at a bakery outlet is fresh, but usually only a few days from “expiring”.  The outlets mark down the breads pretty significantly and it can be a great place to get some deals, especially if you eat a lot of bread and have a freezer with space to stock up!

The Orowheat outlet stocks brands Entenmanns, Thomas, Red Mill, Marinela, Boboli, and Tia Rosa Tortillas, in addition to the Orowheat brand. I personally felt like they had a better selection of brands and varieties than the Wonder Bread Bakery Outlet, but that’s probably just because I like Orowheat’s brands better!

Related:

Wonder Hostess Outlet

Rainbo Bakery Outlet

I was able to get Thomas Bagels for $1.39 per package, a special they were running on the day I was there. These are our favorite brand of bagels and we ate the 5 packages of bagels in plenty of time before they “expired” 3-4 days out!  They had a good selection of the fancier hamburger buns, like onion buns or 100% whole wheat, for around $1.39 as well.  I don’t usually see a lot of sales on those types of buns, so those stuck out as a great deal to me.

Another great find was a large, 28 oz loaf of Orowheat Sourdough Bread for just $1.39!  We rarely buy sourdough because it’s so expensive, but the loaf was almost twice the normal size at half the price.

They also had Orowheat Sandwich Thins in a bag of 24 for $3.99, compared to $3.84 for 16 at Sam’s Club.  If you’re shopping for a church picnic or other large event, I would totally check out the bread outlet before heading to Sam’s to buy bread – depending on what you need, you can possibly get a much better deal at the outlet and no one will know the difference, except in the budget!

If you spend $8 or more, you get to choose an item from the “free table”, mostly breads (or tortillas or pastries) that are just a day or two from expiring, but of course, quite fine for consumption for at least a few days!

They also have a punchcard program: fill up your punch card with $40 in purchases, and you’ll two items off the free table!  Wednesdays and Sundays are Double Punch Day, so that’s a great time to get your card filled up!

And, if that wasn’t enough, they also offer a 10% discount to seniors (ages 60+) and active duty military, and on Fridays, everyone gets 10% off.

The employee told me that they have 22 route trucks every day except Wednesday, so it seems that if their stock is going to be lower, it’s probably on Wednesday.

I was pretty impressed with the Orowheat outlet, and I think I’ll be back soon!  Since it really is mainly just a bread store, it’s hard to justify a stop in here every week, but if you can make it a monthly trip and stock your freezer, I think it would be well worth the stop!

Store Information

Hours: 9-6 Monday through Friday, 9-5 on Saturday, 9-3 on Sunday
Phone Number: 719.528.8070
Address: 4751 Flintridge Drive; Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Have you been to the Orowheat Bread Outlet?  What did you think?

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  1. Jennifer P says:

    ***the million dollar question***
    do they take coupons?

  2. Rebecca says:

    I bought the Boboli Crusts there for cheap… I think 2 for $4.00 and I just freeze them. The staff are really friendly.

  3. Oh!! I am so glad that you wrote a review on this store! I used to frequent the one in Denver when we lived there and LOVED it. I could get months worth of bread for super cheap with the inexpensive prices, punch card and “free” table. I have yet to visit the location in Colorado Springs but I plan to do it soon. Jennifer, the Denver location did accept coupons but they were ones that I picked up in the store. At the beginning of the year they had a free calender with a few coupons in it. Not sure if they would still have these in the stores. We love Orowheat bread around here and it really freezes/thaws well. Thanks Carrie!

  4. I haven’t been in a while because last time I went I really stocked up and then I have had a lot of other bread products around the house. I do the punch card and go on Weds and have gotten great deals. The bread does freeze well. I also really like that it doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup, something I try to avoid.

  5. Interesting about the Sandwich Thins. I just asked at the Sara Lee store next to the Citadel about these. The clerk says that they don’t have a long enough shelf life to warrant putting them in there — they turn to pucks at the expiration date so they are a no-go there. Nice to know we have options!

  6. You may want to check your local newspaper if they have coupons. I live in Loveland and we have an outlet and every month our local paper has a buy one get one coupon that can help too.

  7. Kim, they did give out calenders in January this year, makes the sweet deals you get in there even sweeter. There is a BOGO bread coupon in the Valpak mailer (I got mine yesterday).
    I love the outlet, I’m always impressed with what I come out of the store with, the bread does freeze well and the ladies are so kind!!

  8. I’ve gone twice over the last couple of weeks and walked out with a bag full of bread and a box of Entemanns for under $10! I got a package of the Sourdough English muffins from the free table and made breakfast sandwiches with them. I also got a 4 pack of the Orowheat hamburger buns from the free table and put them in the freezer. I only buy that brand of hamburger buns because they are the only ones I can find that don’t have high fructose corn syrup in them. I also like the Sandwich Thins because they do not contain milk, so my son can eat them.

    The only thing I’ve been disappointed with is the last box of Entemanns I bought. It was the cheese danish and it was very dry. The first box I bought was the cheese coffee cake with the powdered sugar on top and it was fine.

    • Carrie Isaac says:

      I didn’t know that about the hamburger buns. I liked the fact that they were whole wheat, even better than they don’t have HFCS in them! I’ve been making *somewhat* of an effort to get away from some of the processed foods lately, but I just don’t have time to make bread too often. (Not saying that even their 100% whole wheat buns aren’t “processed”, but they’re sure better than what King Soopers carries for 88¢ ;))

  9. Audrey says:

    Can you ladies tell me how you freeze your bread. Do you just throw it in the freezer in its own bag or do you somehow double bag for longer storage? I find that sometimes bread is drier after freezing. And of course bread dries out before your very eyes here in the Springs once it is open. I guess if I was smart I’d save bread bags just for that “double bagging”.

  10. Becky J. says:

    Hi, my name is Becky and I’m the manager of the Oroweat Bakery Outlet store here in Colorado Springs. To Erin, please let us know the next time you are in our store so that we can give you a refund or an exchange on the Entenmann product that you said was dry. Hopefully this was one isolated box that was dry. We stand 100 % behind all of our products so please let us know if you have any concerns.
    Thank you all for your nice comments on our store! Three or four times a week different customers will tell us this is “their favorite store to shop at” because they can get so much value for their money. We hope to see all of you soon! Becky

  11. I too shop at the outlet store about once a month. I have a freezer, so I stock up when I go too. I just throw mine in the freezer, but I like the idea of double bagging. I also save my cards so I can use them when grocery money is slim or to give to someone struggling financialy. I love the bread store and would be really sad if it ever closed. The staff is very helpful and friendly too.

  12. Melanie Blank says:

    I love this store and have been shopping there for a few years now. We stop there everytime we go to the East Library. The selection varies quite a bit, but “good” days are really good! I’ve come out of there several times with my arms full and only spent around $10. Just like Carrie said they give you discounts for everything: punch cards, using their reuseable bags, military, etc. Love it, love it!

  13. Just going through my file of coupons to llocal stores and found my valpak one for this Outlet (BOGO any product) and decided to check this site to see if there was a review… and of course there was! :) I’m planning a trip this week. I’m new to the Springs and this site has been wonderfullly helpful in discovering all the local deals. Thanks so much.

    • I went and loved it. Used my BuyOne GetOne Free to score a whole bunch of sandwich thins. And a 24 pack of English muffins for $3.50. They had packs of muffins on sale for a dollar, plus I got free bagels off the table and a military discount! A little over $7 for two huge bags full! The loaves of Orrowheat were 1.99 which didn’t seem like a huge deal so I’m guessing each tiem you go will have different deals. But I was pleased and you’re right, the staff was wonderful! :)

  14. Do wives of active duty military get the discount or does it have to be the active duty member?

    • I’m pretty sure you just have to show military ID, so as long as you have one, you should be good.

  15. Chet Putman says:

    I live in Olympia Washington and the store that was in Lacey has closed.
    Where has it moved to, or have they closed the store in this area?
    If it has closed, Where is the closest store to us?

  16. Went there recently, great little place. Brought back memories of the Mrs. Beard’s Bread outlet store I went to with my mom as a child back in Texas

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