NM fans stock up on Hostess treats; Co. announces closure

Posted at: 11/16/2012 6:29 PM
Updated at: 11/16/2012 7:42 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

From the golden sponge cakes with creamy filling to the frosted chocolate cupcakes, Hostess treats may now be hard to come by. Hostess Brands closed Friday, after one of the company's largest unions initiated a nationwide strike.

Thousands across the country, and more than two dozen in Albuquerque, are now unemployed.

Friday afternoon, Hostess treats sold like hot cakes off the shelves at the bakery outlet location on Osuna.

It is one of 570 bakery outlet stores throughout the country that, once all the baked goods are sold, will be shut down.

"They need their jobs and we need our Twinkies," customer Bob Brim said. Brim packed away as many boxes of Twinkies, CupCakes and Ding Dongs as he could for $42.

Another customer said she was stockpiling on treats for her daughter.

"I send these to her every day for lunch at school and stuff so we'll have plenty for a little while," she said.

Customers rushed out to the bakery outlet as soon as they heard Hostess Brands closed Friday, claiming the company did not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike.

"It truly is the end of a business we've had for thirty plus years in our family," Mike Scott, owner of the Albuquerque bakery outlet, said.

Twenty-seven people at the Albuquerque location are now jobless, Scott said.

Across the country, 18,500 Hostess employees were laid off Friday.

For many, Hostess was more than just a job.

"I know from my first birthday there's a picture of me with a candle in a Twinkie just demolishing it," Scott said.

Others share similar memories.

"I'm gonna miss 'em, I always like that little rack in the 7-Eleven," one man said.

"No more Twinkies, and I think it's sad if a labor union really can shut down a company," another woman said. Scott said he does not know what will happen to the local store or all the delivery trucks; adding, it is just a matter of waiting and seeing what company, if any, will take over the famous brand.

The store will remain open until everything is sold.