San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Hostess Closes Three Valley-Area Outlet Stores

By Mark Madler Friday, November 16, 2012

The decision by Hostess Brands Inc. to shutter all its operations will result in the closure of Hostess outlets stores in Camarillo, Glendale and Chatsworth.

The three locations are among the 570 bakery outlet stores Hostess has throughout the United States. The three area stores employed about 65 workers. Hostess has a total workforce of 18,500 employees.

Hostess Brands, the maker of classic baked goods Twinkie and Ding Dongs, filed for bankruptcy protection in January. The company on Nov. 16 filed a motion seeking permission from the bankruptcy court to close its business and sell off its assets due to a strike by employees represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union.

Delivery of products will continue and Hostess Brands retail stores will remain open for several more days in order to sell already-baked products, the company said in its release.

Hostess executives had anticipated liquidating the business or a sale back in May when it notified 19,000 employees nationwide of possible layoffs and closures.

Founded in 1930, Hostess — formerly Interstate Bakeries Corp. — first made a name for itself by introducing the Twinkie, the popular cream-filled cake snack. Its portfolio includes sweets such as Ding Dongs and Ho Hos and the Wonder and Nature’s Pride bread brands.