Hostess Brands, the company behind Twinkies, Ho Hos and Wonder Bread, announced Friday they are shutting down for good. That means farewell for the slew of goodies many grew up with. The last of the treats are loaded up on delivery trucks.
The decision has loyal customers shocked and stocking up at stores across the country.
Larry Enoch, was one of many customers that headed to the Wonder-Hostess Bakery Outlet in Fort Smith Friday.
“I’m very surprised,” Enoch said. “I mean, 82 years in business and now it’s closing down. I just, I don’t…I hope it comes back.”
Enoch said he wasn’t willing to take that chance though. He wanted to get his favorites in case this is really it.
“I came in here today to buy Hostess Twinkies because I grew up eating Hostess Twinkies and I wanted to buy some more before the prices went up,” said Enoch.
Some customers said they’re worried they’ll never see their favorites back on the shelf.
For Cindy Forsgren, her biggest concern was getting a few more loaves of her favorite bread.
“I don’t know what I’m going to buy,” said Forsgren. “I was buying that Nature’s Pride and I just don’t know what’ I’m going to do.”
Shelves at the Wonder-Hostess Bakery Outlet in Fort Smith were left almost empty, according to the customers.
“Where the Twinkies are it is,” Enoch said. “But where there are other things, the shelves are a little more plentiful. Like with the cookies.”
“I barely got 200 percent whole wheat here,” Forgren said. “That’s not the one I usually get, but yeah. There’s not hardly anything in there.”
Since 1930, Hostess has been making popular treats like Twinkies and Ding-Dongs. Now, the company says those recipes could be sold.
Hostess CEO Gary Rayborn said the company plans to sell its assets to the highest bidder.