DENVER (CBS4) – Knowing it might be their last chance to stock up on Twinkies and Wonder Bread, Denver customers formed a big line on Friday at the Hostess factory.
The company announced in the morning that they are going out of business and will lay off 18,000 people at its 33 factories across the country. The company’s Denver factory is located just outside the city limits in unincorporated Adams County, and approximately 160 people there are now losing their jobs.
People who came to the store at the factory told CBS4 they feel bad for the workers, and many also said they are sad their favorite snacks won’t be made anymore. Hostess also made Ho Hos, Ding Dongs, Cup Cakes, Dolly Madison, Drake’s and Nature’s Pride snacks, as well as many other products.
“I have a heart for them, and I’m sad that they are going to be gone,” Brittani Youman said. “Hostess is a company that’s been around for years, and for it to away, it’s heartbreaking.”
The line of customers wrapped around the inside of the store on Friday at noon and spilled outside, too. Some customers bought cases of the cream-filled snacks and others said they were buying them with the intent of giving away Twinkies as Christmas presents.
One man spent more than $500 on Twinkies.
Lisa Suggs said she buys Wonder Bread for her nearby restaurant at the store, and has been going there for 30 years.
“I’ve got customers, and they all say ‘Oh, I’m so glad your prices are low, because we can afford to come and eat during the hard times,’ and now I’ve got to raise the price of my bread,” said Suggs.
A company called First Transit told CBS4 on Friday they are hiring and would be interested in hiring some of Denver’s laid off Hostess workers. The company trains people to drive buses. They are located at 6345 North Broadway in Denver and can be reached at (720) 540-4540.
Western Freightways also told CBS4 they are interested in hiring former Hostess workers. They can be reached at (866) 993-7876.