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Lehi Bakery broadens footprint to serve more parts of Utah County

Lehi bakery expands into Saratoga Springs, more locations to come; owner says

By Curtis Booker - | Apr 16, 2024
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Manager Whitney Black works behind the counter at Lehi Bakery's Saratoga Springs location Friday, April 5, 2024.
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Two DoorDash orders filled with doughnuts await pickup inside of Lehi Bakery's new Saratoga Springs store Friday, April 5, 2024.
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Vehicles sit outside of Lehi Bakery in Saratoga Springs on Friday, April 5, 2024.

You can’t help but notice the big sign located at 172 W. Main St. in Lehi that says “Home of the original square doughnut.” It sits outside of Lehi Bakery, a pastry shop that has been a staple in the community for over 50 years.

But as Utah County continues to grow, the bakery’s owners felt it was time to build and expand.

In late March, the bakery opened a new location in Saratoga Springs, about 3.5 miles west of the original shop.

Owner David Doty says plans for a new store to serve customers in west Lehi, Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain had been in the works for quite some time.

“We have a ton of customers throughout northern Utah County, and making the drive to Lehi Main Street isn’t always the most convenient. So we thought we’d bring it closer to them,” Doty told the Daily Herald.

The new Saratoga Springs store sits near the corner of Crossroads Boulevard and Redwood Road, across the street from Walmart. Doty said they signed the lease agreement on the building just over two years ago. While customers can expect the same doughnuts and service they’ve come to love, one main difference in Saratoga Springs is a drive-thru.

The newest location comes less than six months after the bakery opened a new two-story building at its original site.

Lehi Bakery was established in 1969 by original owner Arden Tuckett.

Doty bought the business in 2018 and has continued the tradition of serving up their signature square doughnuts among other sweet pastries and treats.

Since then, Doty says one his goals was increasing the frequency in which doughnuts are being made to meet customer demand.

“My philosophy is, if you give the customer a great product, and you give them a great experience while they’re in the store, they’ll keep coming back” he said.

That sentiment is evident inside the new Saratoga Springs location, where customers flock the drive-thru for a dozen doughnuts on their way to work or families at the counter pick up their favorite decorated doughnuts to enjoy.

On a windy Friday morning during spring break, Whitney Black, manager for both locations, was at the Saratoga Springs store working behind the counter, making sure a rush of customers got their fix of doughnuts as quick as possible.

“Some customers like to make it a family thing, to get doughnuts and cinnamon rolls in the morning or get a treat in the afternoon, just a fun little trip,” Black said.

She started off as a morning baker four years ago and worked her way up to manager.

Expansion for Lehi Bakery isn’t stopping in Saratoga Springs, though. Plans are already in motion to open another location in Cedar Hills, which Black also will oversee.

With another store opening in the pipeline, Black says her focus is making sure their cashiers are trained to illustrate hometown hospitality.

“We try and make every customer feel very welcome, like they’re regulars from day one, even if they’re a brand new customer. We just try and make them feel like they’re family,” Black told the Daily Herald.

Doty echoes that by expressing the importance of efficiency across all their locations.

“That’s why we’re adding more registers. We’re trying to add dedicated pickup lines, we’re trying to add drive-thrus. That’s because I want them (customers) to have an efficient, convenient experience every time they come,” he said.

Doty didn’t give an exact timeline on an anticipated opening of the Cedar Hills location, but he did say they plan to break ground on the property in the coming weeks.

He says the ultimate goal is 50 Lehi Bakery locations within the next decade, which means expansion far beyond Utah County.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw something pop up in Idaho, Arizona or Nevada in the next probably three or four years,” Doty told the Daily Herald.


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