Hostess, Maker Of Twinkies, Closing Doors After More Than 80 Years

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Hostess said it's going out of business, but it may not mean the end for Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other products.
The company's CEO said on Friday that he was hoping to find a buyer for about 30 Hostess brands.

In Columbus, the news caused a rush of sales at the last Hostess outlet store in the city.

By mid-morning, shelves were empty and the Twinkies were all sold.

A morning long line of people piled up on Hostess treats that they fear may not be available in the near future.

Some shoppers said they wanted Hostess products that reminded them of their childhood memories.

"My first reaction was 'Nooooooooo.' And then the second thought was, 'OK, if all of this is going to go away, now's the time to go get at least a little bit of an icon before everything just disappears and becomes a memory," said Brian Johnson, Blacklick resident.

The company warned employees it would move to shut down its operations and sell its brands if striking workers did not allow plants to resume normal operations by yesterday evening. The deadline passed without a deal.
Hostess said the nationwide strike crippled its ability to make and deliver its products at several locations.
The privately held company filed for Chapter 11 protection in January, its second trip through bankruptcy court in less than a decade.

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