Working at Waldensian Bakery

Working at Waldensian Bakery

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Caldwell Resident

Hickory, NC

#1 Dec 4, 2007
Anyone Here work at Bakery back in 86-92?...
Joey Lindsay

Arden, NC

#2 Jul 31, 2008
It was a fine place to work for when the Rostan's had it

Chesapeake, VA

#3 Apr 11, 2009
I'm looking for the fruitbar cookie that they use to sell - anyone out there know how to make it
Athos Rostan

United States

#4 Apr 14, 2009
Joey Lindsay wrote:
It was a fine place to work for when the Rostan's had it
Joey: Thanks for your comments. I was by the bakery last month after attending a funeral for an old Valdese buddy. Sad what Sara Lee has done to the place.

“Thug-Jitsu Expert ”

Since: Sep 08

Newton NC

#5 Apr 14, 2009
I dont know what it looked like when rostans was there. But I worked there a few years ago , It was like a slave labor camp in there. Ive worked Production most of my life. By 7 am I had sweat runing down the crack of my azz until 3pm usually. I work hard. But working at that place(Bread factory) I toldem to shove it after 1week.
G Lowman

Lenoir, NC

#6 Sep 9, 2010
Was it those little square blocks of fruit cake?
Fredia wrote:
I'm looking for the fruitbar cookie that they use to sell - anyone out there know how to make it
M Charles Winston Salem

Winston Salem, NC

#7 Jan 7, 2011
Does anyone remember the lemon and orange chiffon cakes that they used to make? They were so good and so moist. Would love to have the recipe.
Jenny Wright

Candler, NC

#8 Jan 12, 2011
I live in Marion, NC and really miss the Waldensian Bakery Outlet that used to be here. I loved their little ( single serve ) pecan pies but can't find any brand similar to them since the bakery outlet closed. The new company who took over that spot has pecan pies but they are nasty as the crust is much too thick and very hard and they have very little filling, either. My sister adored the Waldensian ones, too, and when she would visit me here from Virginia she would always call and have them special order her a box full of the little pecan pies ( 24 were in it I think ). My sister now has lung cancer and only has a short time to live according to her doctor and I would very much like to get her some to enjoy as soon as possible as time is limited. If anyone knows another brand that I could find in this area that are as good, or anyone knows of any store near Marion who carry the Waldensian pecan pies, please let me know by posting here as I would so very much love to make her a little bit happy right now.
Giovanni Luigi

Apo, AE

#9 Apr 12, 2011
Fond memories of the bakery! The smell of bread as you drove by... fantastic!
Ron Aldridge

High Point, NC

#10 Jul 12, 2011
I remember as a little kid we would drive from my hometown (Yanceyville) up to Gatlinburg on Hwy 70. My father loved sweets, so we would stop at the Waldensian Bakery and he'd buy a box full of pastries. That was one of the highlights of the trip. After I40 was built we usually passed it by and I hated that.
Rhonda S

Lincolnton, NC

#11 Jul 5, 2013
I used to swim at the rec center there and after practice we would always get these pink and white cookies at that outlet! LOVED that store. Now it is sad. Wish I had just half of those recipes!
Jeff T

United States

#12 Mar 13, 2014
I was a route salesman in Anderson, SC for 8 years (93'- 2001'). The Rolstan's were the original owners, and as they aged and passed on their children & grand children decided to sell the bakery to two former corporate attorney's (Cooper and Smith) of the Flowers Bakery. The company name changed to Cooper, Smith Bakeries, and kept many of the Waldensian recipes and introduced new products as well.

Cooper and Smith sold the business to Earth Grains in 98' or 99', ownership changed hands again in 2000 to Palmetto Sunbeam located in Orange, S.C., Sara Lee Bakery purchased Palmetto Sunbeam before I left the company in 2001.

I never met the Rolstan's or the family, but they were far better proprietors than Cooper, Smith; Earthgrains, Palmetto Sunbeam.

Those recipes may still be filed in someone's office in what once was the Valdese, N.C location of Sara Lee. You might take a chance and write to someone and inquire. Best regards!!

London, KY

#13 Aug 11, 2014
What is the pay scale at the Bimbo Bakery and how do the treat their employs . What kind of hours and schedule do they have.

Morganton, NC

#15 Nov 4, 2015
My dad, Joe Henry, was an employee of the bakery for 40 years. He passed away in February of this year. I have so many memories of the bakery both from dad taking me in the plant from the time I was two years old and from all the stories dad used to tell. Just a few months before dad passed away, he got the pleasure of taking my little girl (his first grandbaby) to the bakery to show her off.

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