Friday, September 28, 2012

Bigwood Bread to build new bakery

Ketchum P&Z approves conditional-use permit

Express Staff Writer

Bigwood Bread has passed the first stage toward constructing a 11,000-square-foot building in Ketchum’s light industrial section next spring.

The new building will house a restaurant, retail store, bakery and administrative offices and will be located at 271 Northwood Way, right across the street from Bigwood Bread’s current location. 

Bigwood Bread received a conditional-use permit from the Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday. A conditional-use permit gives approval to buildings that don’t quite “fit in,” Ketchum Planning Manager Joyce Allgaier said during the meeting.

The proposed building requires a conditional-use permit because plans include a little more than 1,900 square feet of office space though the zoning code allows a maximum of 500 square feet or 25 percent of the total square footage, whichever is less.

“Going from 500 to 1,900 is a big difference,” Commissioner Steve Cook said at the meeting. “I’m 100 percent behind this, but I just want to make sure we’re doing our due diligence.”

Cook said that if the P&Z approved 1,900 square feet of office space for the Bigwood Bread building, it would set a precedent to allow more space for offices in the light industrial section than the current code allows.

The commissioners, including Cook, said that that was not necessarily a bad thing as many businesses operating in the light industrial section are becoming less industrial and more office-based. Those include Idaho Bio-science, which creates reagents and antibodies for scientific researchers; Scott Sports, which makes sports accessories such as ski goggles; and Smith Optics, which makes eyewear.

Bigwood Bread co-owner George Golleher said the bakery currently functions as a “cafeteria” for these nearby businesses.

“They don’t want to go too far for lunch,” he said.

The commissioners agreed that the light industrial section is “evolving” and that they should not hold this evolution back.

“The design encourages year-round living and year-round employment,” said Associate Planner Rebecca Bundy.

“It’s an exciting opportunity,” Cook said. “I think it’s a win-win all around.”

Golleher said he bought the business with his son-in-law Bryan Tempest five years ago and they have “tripled” the business since then. The current building is just not big enough, he said. According to Golleher, Whole Foods will soon open a market in Boise and has contracted with Bigwood Bread to provide bread for the new market.

“Whole Foods will not have its own bakery,” Golleher said. “It will buy all its bread from us.”

Golleher said the bakery’s current building is too small to keep up with this new contract.

“We have a product that has a high demand, but we are unable to service that demand,” he said.”

Tempest said in an interview that he and Golleher really appreciate the support from the P&Z and the community.

“We’re really proud of being the local bakery,” he said.

After the commissioners approved the conditional use permit, they held a pre-application design review discussion during which they brought up a few other concerns about the project. They expressed concerns that the proposed parking lot had too few spaces and that the design did not leave enough room for snow storage.

Buffalo Rixon, the project’s architect, said the company planned to pay to have excess snow hauled out during the winter as opposed to storing it on the property. He also said he would look into adding more parking. He said he would return to the commission shortly with an updated application.

“It’s a beautiful building,” Commission Co-Chair Deborah Burns said. “I can’t wait to see it.” 

Brennan Rego:

About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.