Customers react to Hostess' move to shut down

Posted at: 11/16/2012 6:08 PM
Updated at: 11/16/2012 6:47 PM
By: Beth Wurtmann

ALBANY - "Like Mr Food, ooh it's so good!"

That's how Stacy Green described the experience Friday as she bit into a Hostess Ding Dong, a childhood favorite.

"Ummm, delicious," she said.

But the taste was also bittersweet, now that Hostess Brands announced it's going out of business, blaming a labor strike. The company asked a bankruptcy court for permission to shut down, planning to lay off more than 18,000 workers.

At Shop Rite in Albany, the iconic Twinkies and Hostess chocolate cupcakes were cleaned out. Some customers looked wistfully at the remaining Suzy Q's Ding Dongs, Ho Ho's and Zingers.

They recalled the days of sweet treats, and Wonder Bread sandwiches.

"Peanut butter and Jelly. Ham and cheese, whatever I had," said Cathy Mosher, of Wynantskill.

"Oh I love the ho hos," said Laurie Grachow, who once worked at a Hostess outlet store.

"It's it Yo Yos? The chocolate covered cupcakes love em," said Marie Hahn, a shopper from Middlegrove.

Although not everyone was feeling hungry or nostalgic.

"I wouldn't miss it at all. It's disgusting. All of Hostess is nasty," said Aaron Jeffrey, an Albany resident.

But Stacy Green said it wouldn't be the same without Hostess. So she is stocking up for the long run.

"I'm actually gonna buy some more and freeze em," she said.

Hostess, which has been in business since 1930, wants to close nearly 600 bakeries and distribution centers as well as 570 bakery outlets.

We did contact the Bakery Outlet in Watervliet, but employees said they couldn't comment.