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Winona’s Bloedow Bakery sells over 13,000 doughnuts during first days reopen

Rick Solem

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PHOTO: @Bloedows on Facebook

After being closed for two months over precautions with the COVID-19 pandemic, the reopening of Bloedow Bakery in Winona was seemingly nonstop doughnut sales.

Bloedow Bakery typically sells about 300 dozen doughnuts a day.

During its first three days of reopening, the shop that dates back to 1924 sold 1,155 dozen — 13,860 doughnuts, the Winona Daily News reported. For now, the shop will be open 8 a.m. – 2p.m., Wednesday-Friday.

After the Friday run, workers posted on Facebook, “We are humbled by the support and patience from our fantastic customers this week. We know that the new processes did not work as smoothly or efficiently as we had hoped, but we promise to continue to adjust to make things better and faster.”

The bakery did do some updates while it was closed, adding a drive-thru window and the ability to purchase online.

But, at times last week, the line could be over a block long, which included social distancing. Online orders topped 800 during that three-day span.

Along with the drive-up window and online ordering, the bakery added plexiglass around the cash register, debit/credit card readers and limited the number of customers in the store at one time.

The credit card readers were sanitized after each customer and pens were replaced, if used. Staff would also sanitize railings and other common-touch areas around the building once an hour.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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