HCDC, donut shop owners fight hurdle to business expansion

Donut Land
Published: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 11:23 AM.

BONIFAY — Business is good at Bonifay’s only destination for hot coffee and killer donuts.

But after over half a dozen years of turning out tasty treats in a shoebox-sized retail location, owners of the Donut Land Express realized the production aspect of their business needs room to grow.

“We just needed a bigger bakery,” said owner Leslie Mingus.

Mingus said they specifically need a larger facility to mass produce donuts for its out-of-town retail locations across the Panhandle and lower Alabama.

The caveat with upsizing in Bonifay is that commercial space that might fit the bakery’s needs is scarce, potentially forcing the owners to look outside of the local area for relocation.

If the bakery moves, it will have to take about 22 jobs with it.

“We employ a lot of people,” Mingus said.“When your employees tell you that you’re the best employer in town, that’s scary.”

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