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Salisbury Hostess Brands Fans React to Company Shutting Down

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SALISBURY, Md.- Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Cup Cakes, Ding Dongs, Wonder Bread and the beloved Twinkie, has announced that it is on the verge of shutting down after 80 years in business.

Union members continue to strike after the announcement and more than 18,000 workers will lose their jobs as a result.

The bankrupt company will now shut down 33 bakeries and 565 distribution centers across the U.S.

On Friday, Carl "Twinkie" Johnson was posing for a picture in front of the iconic brand truck at Salisbury's Hostess Outlet. He said there is a good reason why his nickname is Twinkie: "I have eaten two Twinkies everyday for about 35 years."

The math there yields about 25,550 Twinkies. But now Johnson will have to stop counting how many of the sweet treats he consumes since the long-time maker of the staple may soon close its doors for good. 

"I have gotten many many text messages and emails this morning telling me to come to the store to stock up and freeze them," he said. 

"What am I going to do with out the Donettes?," asked another long-time Hostess customer, Tina Holland, who walks to the company's thrift store on East Main Street just about every day.
 
"It is the Hostess with the mostest, the best cup cakes, the best Twinkies, the best possible Donnettes that I could ever eat and don't leave out the butter pound cake," she said.

It seemed the not so sweet news of the Hostess demise will impact just about every generation.

"It's sad to see things that were tried and true go away," said Bobbie Murphy of Bishopville.

"What is the world going to be without Twinkies?" said Betty Fanny, also of Bishopvoille, who made a quick detour after seeing her doctor in Salisbury. 

"It makes me want to go back and get some more," said Marinda Bree who shops at the store regularly with her six children. 

Other customers like Austin Vestal said they are disappointed to know that the beloved treat that is supposed to be able to survive a nuclear war will not survive the corporate axe.      

"it's like in Zombieland, going through the whole country searching for Twinkies," he said. "I don't want it to turn into that, we don't want to go to a truck and see that it is filled with snowballs. We need Twinkies."

Some employees at the outlet store told WBOC that the store is expected to stay open for a few more weeks. 
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