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Hostess ends production, local businesses suffer

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Hostess Brands, Inc., the Irving, Texas-based company that has supplied the nation with Wonder Bread and Twinkies for the last 82 years... is no more.

The company announced today that it is going out of business following a drastic drop in production when many of its union workers went on strike over pay disputes.

The news is causing many to stock up on Hostess products before they're out of stores for good.

Shelby Minnie bought the mother load today. 12 loaves of Wonder Bread, Twinkies, Zingers, and Ding Dongs. But he didn't buy them for nostalgia's sake. He manages the Petro Stopping Center on Walden Road in Beaumont and says he did not receive the regular Friday morning delivery of Hostess products.

"It stopped last night, we should have had it this morning and apparently last night they told their guys not to come in and so we're out of bread and had to come down here, while they're still in business to get what we could get today," he said.

The Hostess bakery outlet on College Street in Beaumont was a busy place Friday, as customers came from all over to get what they feared was their last taste of history.

"I think it's sad, there's a young man inside right now that's looking at the Twinkies, and I said there goes our heritage," on woman told us.

You may remember the iconic "Twinkie the Kid" commercials from the 80's. But Twinkie the Kid is a remnant of the past. And soon, the company that created him will be too.    

With hostess announcing Friday it will no longer continue operations in the United States, stores like the one in Beaumont won't be open for much longer. The manager of the bakery says she's been there for 20 years, and when she first heard the news, said she felt horrible, knowing she'll be out of a job very soon.

There was no shortage of customers coming in for the dwindling goods.  

"I remember coming here as a kid with my dad and we'd come and we'd always get bread and stuff for my grandmother's house," shopper Slade Smith said.

Meanwhile at the Petro truck stop, Minnie says the shelves are thinning out of the Hostess products quicker than expected.

"It has rippling effects for people like me who try to run a business with their products," he said.

Smith is trying to hold on to the memories of his favorite Hostess snack.

"It's got to be the Ding Dong, because the foil wrapper you know it was always fun as a kid, you could eat through that and then throw it at the other kids," he laughed.

The manager of the Hostess bakery says she's not sure exactly when the shop will close. She plans to hold a going-out-of-business sale starting Saturday, and will stay open until the shelves are empty.

 

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