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Whole Foods Market to Close Local Bakehouse and Ship from Houston Instead

Whole Foods Market announced recently that it will close its Dallas bakehouse, located on University near Central, which for the past 12 years has produced breads and pastries for its eight area stores, as well as Little Rock, Tulsa and Oklahoma City. After the spring closure, baked items for local stores will come from the Whole Foods Houston bakehouse.

The reason for closing the facility, which is strictly a bakery and not a retail outlet, is that production demands have outgrown what that bakehouse is able to accommodate. The Houston facility is currently able to handle greater production levels. Per the company:

"By consolidating our efforts to the Houston Bakehouse, we are able to fully organize our product distribution throughout the region, and better serve the needs of our guests."

If you were to order, say, a cake from Whole Foods, you would need to do it a few days in advance so they can place the order at the bakehouse and have it delivered to the store, where finishing touches are added. Now instead of coming from a local shop, it'll be trucked in from Houston.

Whole Foods has said it will continue to receive baked goods daily and shoppers should not experience any interruption in products offered.

There were 70 employees at the Dallas bakehouse, including those in transportation. According to the store, 22 of those have been placed at area Whole Foods Market stores.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.