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Hostess Going Out of Business, Rochester Store to Close

Posted at: 11/16/2012 6:52 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- After striking workers did not come back to work Friday, Hostess announced they will be closing down and laying off all 18,000 of its workers.

The Rochester retail store will be shut down as part of that. Hostess fans were there Friday grabbing every last Twinkie and Ho-Ho they could get their hands on.

The announcement that those famous golden sponge cakes may be history, stirred emotions.

"It's a sad thing when Hostess goes out of business," said one customer.

"It's just sad that it had to happen," said Ricky Arnold.

Fans of Hostess products poured into the Rochester retail store hoping to get their hands on some of their childhood favorites.

"I ate this stuff when I was a kid," said one customer.

"You have Twinkies, you have Ho-Ho's, you have all those things," said Kyle Wallaker.

With the fear they may never see them again those famous original Twinkies went fast.

"When I asked her where are the Twinkies she said they were gone at 8:30 a.m.," said Wallaker.

The retail store sold out of the original Twinkies in the first hour Friday morning. Over at Hy-Vee they were also sold out."

Hostess workers went on strike last week after a contract offer that cut wages and benefits. After filing for bankruptcy twice in one decade Hostess announced Friday that the strike would force them to liquidate.

People we spoke with were torn on who's at fault.

"Things are tough in different places for the unions to hold so tight," said Wallaker.

"People blame it on somebody else, but usually some of this goes back to management," said Archer.

Others were more concerned about what would happen to the workers at the Rochester store.

"I just wanted to talk to the people that work here,” said Arnold.

The manager could not go on camera but told us after 40 years in the business he was most concerned about his workers. He said that he personally had not received word on what was going to happen.

Many are just sad that future generations may never taste one of those famous golden sponge cakes.

"I thought I better grab some and bring them back for my kids," said Wallaker.

There are already boxes of Twinkies on eBay. Some have a minimum price of over a hundred dollars.

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