Sara Lee to shutter bakery outlets by November
by Eric Schroeder
DOWNERS GROVE, ILL. — Sara Lee Corp. said it will close all 11 of its bakery outlet stores by the end of November, resulting in the elimination of 75 jobs.
The announcement comes as Sara Lee transitions into a new bakery and meats company, Hillshire Brands, and international coffee and tea company D.E. Master Blenders 1753. The companies will start operating as separate businesses on June 28.
The company said its efforts will go into producing and distributing Hillshire Brands products and not on running a stand-alone retail operation.