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Hostess Products Flying Off Local Bakery Outlet’s Shelves

Customers are grabbing what’s left at the Hostess Cake Wonder Bread Store in Glendora.

While the future for Twinkies, Zingers, Donettes and Wonder Bread remains uncertain, Hostess products continue to fly off stores’ shelves.

At the Hostess Wonder Bread Bakery Outlet in Glendora, a steady stream of customers came in for what may be their last stash of Hostess products.

Half of the store’s shelves are nearly bare. Much to the dismay of some local shoppers, the store was out of Twinkies Monday afternoon.

But that didn’t stop customer Chris Scott, who drove to Glendora from Pomona to buy three bags of Donettes, Cupcakes and other Hostess goodies all for $15.

For Scott, the prospect of never again tasting one of his favorite childhood treats, and the deep discount deals on Hostess products, will keep him coming back to the Hostess store in Glendora as long as the Donettes and Ding Dongs are available.

“It’s horrible, a travesty that they’re going out of business,” said Scott. “Hopefully, they still will make the Twinkies.”

The Hostess Wonder Bread Bakery Outlet, located at 905 E. Arrow Hwy, recently opened its doors in Glendora. Store employees would not comment on the future of the location or availability of products, but the store remains open even as Hostess moves to shut down operations in response to employee strikes.

On Monday, a bankruptcy court judge ruled that parties had not gone through private mediation, stalling Hostess’ attempts to liquidate and sell off assets.

But the Twinkies, Ho Ho’s, Zingers and Ding Dongs may live to see another day. Several firms, including the Florida-based Sun Capital Partners Inc., are rumored to be interested in acquiring Hostess.

Still, the threat of a Hostess shutdown has sparked a craze for all things Hostess nationwide. The Huffington Post reports that one eBay seller is auctioning off a full box of Twinkies at a starting price of $200,000 (shipping included).

CNN Money reports a lunch box featuring "Twinkie the Kid," a cartoon cowboy character that bears a resemblance to the iconic yellow cake, fetched a winning bid of $690 on Friday.     

According to a Friday press release from Hostess, the wind down means the closure of 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores throughout the United States.

“We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike,” said Gregory F. Rayburn, chief executive officer. “Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders.”

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Lynda Spillman November 20, 2012 at 03:27 PM
It really is sad. My generation grew up on the iconic brand tossed into our lunch boxes. Twinkies had the highest trade value of any item in the cafeteria. I hope somebody (Corp.) scoops then up so my grandchildren can continue to enjoy the fun.
Steve Kady November 20, 2012 at 04:05 PM
R.I.P Twinks
Jay November 20, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I haven't had a Twinkie in over ten years and when I saw this news I bought a small box on eBay. I too remember walking to the bodaigo (deli) and buying the hostess products. I did not know there was an outlet in Glendora! That is pretty cool but they are out of the twinkies. I may have to stop buy just to see what is left over. On a mother note this is another situation with unions wanting more and more and more. If the union sucks up all the margin than how can industries survive? I for one, think Unions have become way to strong and greedy. I myself was in the union when I was younger but I moved on to a different industry.
Shaunna Streur November 20, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Was so sad when I heard hostess was no more!
Paul H. November 20, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Boo Hoo....
jammer November 21, 2012 at 03:10 PM
So what if they lose their jobs, obama bin laden will take care of them.

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