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!
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!
They also offer a 10% discount to seniors (ages 60+) and active duty military on Thursdays and Sundays.
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!
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?