After 82 years in business, Hostess, A Texas based company and the makers of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and many other snacks is going out of business.
A national strike by the company's baker union led to the decision to shut down, causing most of its 18,500 employees to be laid off and now, everyone wants their hands on the treats before they're gone forever.
Twinkies have become a hot commodity since the company announced it was the end of the line for the popular snack maker so if you're planning on heading out to your local supermarket in search of the collectible treat, you may be in trouble.
United Market Street Store Director Larry Martin says there were lots of people snatching up the goods.
"You can tell they went after the Twinkies... but a lot of the other stuff is still stocked." Martin says.
Martin adds, "I think people that, if they really like the product, they're going to try and get their last bite..."
Even the youngest shoppers like Lance Sanchez were crying foul when they found out Twinkies were sold out.
"Very, very, very bad... because I like Twinkies," Lance says.
However, Martin encourages shoppers to continue scoping out the shelves just in case a new shipment comes in.
"I would keep checking right now because I'm sure they got some inventory still they're going to have to push out into the stores," Martin says. "Just because they quit manufacturing, I bet their warehouse still has it in it. It'll probably be several weeks getting it all cleared out."
Martin says that once the Hostess can no longer fill the shelves, people will have to fill that Twinkie gap with something else.
"If they go away, they will be other distributors bringing stuff in," Martin exclaims. "Of course we have other companies... and stuff like that... I'm sure they'll spread out on their stuff and bring more product in to help cover that void."
A spongy, creme-filled void that will be hard to replicate.
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