Great Harvest Bread Company will open its first bakery in Iowa this August in Cedar Rapids.
Cedar Rapids residents Dion and Laurel Williams will own and operate the store, at 5070 Lindale Drive NE, across the street from Lindale Mall. Laurel Williams said the space will be about 2,500 square feet, most of which will be used for production.
It will employ about 13 people.
Aside from the company's signature honey whole wheat bread, the bakery will bake some 10 varieties of bread along with baked goods including muffins, cookies and scones, Williams said.
She added that she and her husband have wanted to start a business together for several years. Dion, the former executive director of the not-for-profit organization Systems Unlimited, has a background in business operations, while Laurel has knowledge of sales and marketing.
Founded in 1976 in Great Falls, Mont., Great Harvest has more than 200 bakeries throughout the country including Alaska and Hawaii. All bakeries are individually owned and operated.
Great Harvest bread does not contain preservatives, additives or dough conditioners. The bakery is known for breads made with freshly ground whole wheat purchased from family-owned farms.
Laurel said they hope to purchase honey, eggs and milk from Eastern Iowa farms.Great Harvest Bread Co. will be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday.