Twinkies and Ho Ho's may soon be history. Hostess is closing.
In Loves Park, cupcakes are flying off the shelves, and customers fill grocery carts to the top. The store's selling its final stock of Hostess brand items and plans to close its doors, any day.
"Some people are being called, being told not to come to work," says Gary Waters, the Loves Park Hostess store manager. "But we really don't know when the closing is gonna be yet. We'll maybe find that information out. I don't know. I really don't know."
The Texas-owned company filed for bankruptcy for the second time in less than a decade. After employees chose to strike, the company managers say they had no choice but to shut down.
"I thought I heard it on the news today that Hostess was closing, and I'm like there's no way," says Kathy Egerere, a long time Hostess customer. "I mean, I don't understand such a big company closing like that. And my grandsons are just gonna die without their hostess stuff."
People like Kathy are now making room in their kitchen cupboards for a few extra boxes of Twinkies, Hostess cakes, and even Wonder Bread. Factories that make those items will soon stop production.
"I'm 52, and Hostess has been around since I've been around," says Terry Miller, a Hostess customer. "Good luck to everybody. You know it's sad. You know, a lot of name brands are going away these days."
There are talks that other companies might buy the brands, but right now, nothing is for certain.
"Not the best time of year for it to happen, but what happens happens," says Waters. "And you just roll with the punches."
It's a sad day for not only Twinkie lovers, but for workers as well. More than 18,000 people will be out of work, just before the holidays.
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