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Bakery Express, five decades in business — one in Halethorpe — a favorite of 'doughnut fanatics'

Bakery Express, five decades in business — one in Halethorpe — a favorite of 'doughnut fanatics'

Bakery Express began in 1970 in a Patterson Park rowhouse that had been converted to a bakery. At the time, founder Charlie Burman and his handful of employees produced doughnuts for distribution to a few local 7-Eleven stores around Baltimore.

Now, nearly 50 years and several relocations later, Burman employs 400 people at the company’s headquarters in Halethorpe, where he settled on Hollins Ferry Road in 2008. Burman has additional Bakery Express locations in Dallas, Los Angeles and Orlando, Fla. Each of those locations are smaller, with a total of about 755 employees, he said.

Fresh products from Bakery Express now reach about 4,000 7-Eleven stores, Burman said, and go to...

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