Huge crowds are showing up at Hostess outlets around the metro Monday.
Twinkies, Ho Hos and Wonder Bread are up for sale now that a bankruptcy judge cleared the way for Hostess Brands Inc. to fire its 18,500 workers and wind down its operations.
A last-ditch effort to end a strike with Hostess' bakers union failed last week and Judge Robert Drain approved the company's request to shut down its business and sell the pieces to the highest bidder.
That prompted people across the U.S. to rush to stores and stock up on their favorite Hostess treats. Many businesses reported selling out of Twinkies within hours and the spongy yellow cakes turned up for sale online for hundreds of dollars.
On Monday, a long line of people waited for hours for a store to open in Lenexa. Within 15 minutes, all the Twinkies were gone, a store manager said.
Hank Bednar grabbed the last of the cream-filled treats.
"I remember back in grade school when my mom used to put them in my lunch box. They just have a unique flavor, and you can't get this anywhere else," Bednar said.
The hostess outlets are open until they sell everything.
Here are those locations:
12618 South 71 Highway Grandview, MO 62703 816-763-0933
1433 S. Noland Rd. Independence, MO 64055 816-252-0402
4722 N.E. Vivion Rd Kansas City, MO 64119 816-455-4249
8960 Marshall Dr. Lenexa, KS 66215 913-905-4280
5429 Blue Parkway Kansas City, MO 64130 816-923-4421
The stores are scheduled to stay open until 4 p.m. Monday unless they run out.
Hostess shut down its plants two weeks ago after it said the strike by the bakery union hurt its ability to maintain normal production. The liquidation means the closure of 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, about 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores, the company said.
Hostess, founded in 1930, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January for the second time in less than a decade. Its predecessor company, Interstate Bakeries, sought bankruptcy protection in 2004 and changed its name to Hostess after emerging in 2009.
Copyright 2012 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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