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Tri-State Hostess bakery outlets to shut down next week

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(WGEM) - Hostess is shutting down, affecting bakery outlets nationwide, including ones in Quincy and Macomb, along with trucking employees in Hannibal.

John Ausmus, Supervisor of the Hostess Outlet Store in Macomb, says he expects his store to remain open through Tuesday. The closure would affect roughly 8-10 employees, many of them long-time employees.

"Most have been here more than 20 years," Ausmus said. 

The Butternut Thrift Store on North 24th in Quincy is expected to close on Monday. Three employees will lose their jobs.

The shelves in Quincy started to go bare quickly as many people came in Friday morning to stock up. Workers at Hy-Vee on Harrison in Quincy said the store sold out of regular Twinkies at noon Friday.

Meanwhile, companies who ship Hostess products are also being affected. A supervisor at Wonder Bread with IBC Trucking in Hannibal says employees were notified Friday morning that they were being let go.

One worker who spoke to WGEM News had worked with the company for nine years. He says he loved the job and his co-workers, and it's tough to let it go now.

"It's sad, I was hoping for a future with this company, you know 20 to 30 years with the company and then have a good retirement. There was good insurance, good benefits with it. It's just a sad feeling," said Jerry Conrad.

The move comes on the heels of the company announcing Friday that it would liquidate after an employee strike, meaning the loss of about 18,500 jobs nationwide.

(See "Hostess moves to liquidate after crippling strike")

While Hostess may be going out of business, it may not mean the end for Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other products. The company's CEO Greg Rayburn says he's hoping to find a buyer for about 30 Hostess brands, which include Dolly Madison, Drake's and Nature's Pride snacks.

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