Salt Lake Bakery Closing its Doors

Salt Lake Bakery Closing its Doors

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Keith McCord Reporting Another family business in Salt Lake is closing its doors. The Hale Bakery will bake its last batch of bread and dinner rolls tomorrow. Every piece of its 52 year history is now up for sale.

It's been a busy day at the Hale Bakery. In the back room Rich Hale and his father Richard, and the other employees have been at it since 2 a.m. Mixing up their secret-family recipe to create the dough for the bread, rolls, cookies and pies, it’s just another day for the Hale Family.

At the front counter long-time customers are carrying out their favorite baked goods by the armload. They're stocking up because tomorrow the Hale Bakery shuts down for good.

The bakery has been a mainstay at the corner of 9th East and 13th South. Nothing fancy about the place -- the equipment old, but incredibly functional putting out hundreds of loaves of bread and rolls each day.

Richard Hale: "If there's one statement that's said by people more than anything else, ‘Yeah I know where that is, I've driven by there many times, and wanted to go in!’"

Hale Bakery is a three generation business; it's been in this building since 1967. About half of its business is walk-ins. Richard Hale's father and uncle started the business 52-years ago. Richard started working here when he was 11-years old. His son, Rich, was 14 when he started baking.

The bakery has been a huge part of their lives and when the doors close, they're going to miss it.

Richard Hale: “We’ve found that though we haven’t gotten rich, except in name, we’ve always been blessed and things have worked out. It’s really going to hit us on Monday when we start cleaning things out. When we realize we’re not making the buns and not making the bread, I think it’ll hit us.”

Other bakeries are buying the equipment; and the secret family recipe, which has been used for the hamburger buns at Hires Drive-in, and the rolls at Dee's, will be passed along so long-time commercial customers will still be served.

As for the walk-ins...

Tofa Finau, Customer: “I’m not sure where I’m going to go now.”

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