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Local Hostess Employees Face Unemployment

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- It's been around since 1930, but after failed attempts to end a weeklong strike, legendary bakery, Hostess has shut down operations.

The move will leave more than 18,000 people out of a job. The company's move closes 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers and 570 bakery outlet stores.

The announcement means the Hostess wholesale bakery on Charlotte Avenue will soon be a thing of the past. As word spread of its closing, two dozen workers there began wondering what they'll do next.

Patricia Keith has been a clerk at the store for 5 years. She'll continue to sell hostess goods until these shelves are bare.

"I helped take care of my grandchildren and my daughter called crying saying momma what are we gonna do I said baby we'll make it we'll be survivors we'll make it,' she said.

John Rayburn, a driver for hostess, worries about losing his livelihood right before the holiday season.

"I'm going to have to go out and do some serious job hunting before Christmas rolls around. I really don't want to not be able to get anything," said Rayburn.

No word yet on exactly when the doors will close for good. It will remain open until all of the Hostess goods are sold.

Customers also lined up at grocery stores across Nashville to buy up a piece of Hostess history.  The Kroger in Green Hills sold out of Twinkies, and shelves where other Hostess products normally sit are now bare.

"It's not that we don't sell Hostess products," said Store Manager Justin Adams, "it's a good item, but we don't sell them like this every day."

Some customers said they were saddened to hear their favorite snacks could be disappearing.

"I remember having them as a treat as a kid," said customer Courtney Smith. "I haven't had a Twinkie in years, but I wanted to come get one before they were all gone."

"There's something about Hostess.  People crave it and come back for more and more and more," said Kroger employee Ronnie Rutledge.   "I'm sad they are going out of business.  I am going to miss Twinkies."

There is still a chance some of the popular Hostess snacks can be saved.  The company will move to sell its assets to the highest bidder, and the result could mean new life for Twinkies.

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