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Benton Evening News - Benton, IL
  • Macomb Hostess Bakery outlet to close

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  • Tuesday will be the final day in operation for the Hostess outlet store at 622 E. Jackson St.
    The closure comes in the wake of the Hostess Brands Friday morning announcement that it would liquidate its bakery business and lay off most of the company's 18,500 employees.
    Debbie Davis, the lead clerk of the Macomb store, said she, seven other full-time employees and one part-timer will be unemployed after Tuesday. In spite of receiving notice about losing her job, she remained upbeat Friday afternoon as she greeted customers in search of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and the other iconic snack cakes Hostess is known for.
    "We've been swamped," she said of business that day. "I had a lady who spent $80 on Twinkies this morning."
    Davis, who has been employed by the Hostess outlet for 33 years, said she and the store's other full-time employees had health insurance that will be lost along with their jobs.
    Store supervisor John Ausmus was not available for comment on the store's closing and employees affected.
    The store's Twinkies sold out by Friday afternoon, but Wonder Bread other Hostess products were still available. Starting Saturday, the outlet's remaining inventory will be marked down half price.
    At the Niemann County Market grocery store just a block away from the Hostess Outlet, boxes of Twinkies and Hostess products were still available.
    Store director Charlie Owens said he received notice Friday there would be no more Hostess products delivered to the store.
    Macomb Hy-Vee store director Matt Streit also said there hasn't yet been a rush for Twinkies or Wonder Bread at his store. He said Hy-Vee had "limited products" left on the shelves.
    "It's unfortunate for the consumers I guess," Streit said about Hostess Brands liquidation, "because they have a lot of unique products."
    The Hostess Brands shut down follows a nationwide strike of the company's largest union, the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, that Hostess said crippled production at its plants.
     

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