Then & Now: Debus Baking Co.

Then: The smell of fresh-baked bread first began wafting through Hastings on a grand scale in 1926 with the arrival of a $50,000 baking factory built by Debus Bakery of Exeter at First Street and Colorado Avenue.

Regarded as one of the most up-to-date bakeries in the state at the time, the location was powered almost exclusively by electricity. It was one of the largest users of electric power in the city. Built by Robert Isdell Construction Co. of Grand Island, the building was two stories high and constructed of a special pressed brick and trimmed with stone.

Now: The bakery, after several name changes since 1999, is now at 317 S. Elm Ave., operating under the name Bimbo, which is a branch of Grupo Bimbo headquartered in Mexico City. Bimbo bought the Hastings location from Sarah Lee in 2011.

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