Twinkies Sold Out Of Several Stores

By: Alyssa Chin/AP Email
By: Alyssa Chin/AP Email
Hostess Brands says it is going out of business, closing plants that make Twinkies and Wonder Bread and laying off all of its 18,500 workers.

Credit: AP

If you're having a hard time finding Twinkies, you're not the only one. Hundreds of people rushed to the stores this morning hoping to find the treat.

11 News checked with every King Soopers, Safeway, and Walmart in Colorado Springs, they tell us they’re all out of Twinkies, and aren't sure when, or if, they'll get anymore.

Shawna Burns and her son Kaleb are like so many other families, they heard about the Hostess factories possibly shutting its doors forever, and they rushed over to their local Springs Hostess Bakery Outlet.

"It was a scary thought to me but then it's very disappointing because they're just a big company,” Burns said. “And Wonder Bread, who doesn't get Wonder Bread?"

"I mean, when you walk (into the store) they are a couple of shelves that are completely empty," Kaleb added.

A sign on the door says it all. They're doing their best to keep the store shelves stocked. But it seems, the nostalgia, the appetite, and the panic for Twinkies has set in for so many.

"Twinkies are my favorite," one shopper said.

The frenzy for Twinkies is evident on some online shopping sites. Right now some folks are willing to pay more than $124 for three boxes of Twinkies. Although no one has made any bids for it, one person is trying to sell 4 boxes for $8 million dollars.

Hostess Brands says it plans to go out of business, closing plants that make Twinkies and Wonder Bread and laying off all of its 18,500 workers.

Those facing immediate unemployment include employees at a Hostess plant in Adams County, north of Denver. The plant could close as early as Tuesday. 160 employess could be affected.

The Irving, Texas, company says a nationwide worker strike crippled its ability to make and deliver its products at several locations.

Hostess had warned employees that it would file a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to unwind its business and sell assets if plant operations didn't return to normal levels by Thursday evening.

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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