Twinkie hoarding? Shoppers stock up

DENVER - As the news gets out that baked-goods retailer Hostess is going out of business, shoppers are lining up at the Hostess shop on 62nd Avenue in Denver.

Twinkies-maker Hostess Brands said it has asked the bankruptcy court to allow it to close its business and sell its iconic brands.

Hostess Brands Inc., based in Irving, Texas, said it will cut all of its nearly 18,500 employees, at 36 bakeries nationwide.

When 7NEWS arrived at a Denver bakery and store, there were more than a dozen people waiting to buy Twinkies, Ding-Dongs and items. There were so many people in line, 7NEWS photojournalist Kenny Holmes Tweeted that there was no room to walk between the shelves.

"It's a mad house in there, they're flying off the shelves," one customer told 7NEWS.

A Hostess spokesman told 7NEWS that Friday wold be the last day for most of the Denver employees. A handful would be kept on to stay and help close the store and bakery.

There are 167 employees at the Adams County bakery, according to the Denver Business Journal.

Thousands of members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike Nov. 9 to protest cuts to wages and benefits under a new contract offer, which the union rejected in September. Union officials say the company stopped contributing to workers' pensions last year.

Hostess had given the union until 5 p.m. Eastern time Thursday to get back to work or prompt the liquidation of the snack maker, which has been in bankruptcy court since January.

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