NAMPA -- With Hostess Brands announcing that it is going out of business, many stores across the Treasure Valley saw the company's products flying of shelves.
The company reports it is going out of business after workers on strike failed to heed a Thursday deadline to return to work. Bakery operations are suspended at all their plants, so there is a hurry to get that last package of Twinkies.
Folks in the treasure valley hurried to the Nampa Bakery Outlet, looking for their favorite Hostess treat.
I like the Zingers, but there's nothing. It's all gone, said one sad shopper.
Zingers, chocolate Zingers, I got the last ones in Nampa, said another, as she held out the snack for us to see. She plans to eat her haul tonight.
There was another gentleman in there. He said that every place you go in the valley they're cleaned out of all the Hostess stuff. So it's just sad to see it go, she said.
Hostess workers went on strike, and the company warned employees it would unwind its business if plant operations didn't return to normal levels by 5 p.m. Thursday. Hostess says it's closing 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores in the United States. Two of those bakery outlets set to close are here in the treasure valley. Both the Boise and Nampa locations are set to close Monday.
Many people were regulars at this Nampa shop.
I was upset because i love coming here getting the food, like the syrup that we always get all the time because we only can find the syrup here, said one woman.
We found a boy and his mom on their second trip of the day.
I love these things, that's all I got to say. This hostess stuff is fantastic, he said.
However, they weren't just upset about saying goodbye to their snacks.
I mean all these good people are losing their jobs, that's what really makes me sad, he said.