EL CAJON, Calif. - It is a sad day in the snack cake world. Hostess Brands announced Friday it is going out of business.
The bankrupt company is shutting down all of its bakeries and distribution centers after they say a national strike crippled its operations. The company plans to lay off all of its 18,500 workers.
Workers told Team 10 the three Hostess bakery outlets in El Cajon, Escondido and Chula Vista will shut down once all of the product is gone.
The Hostess bakery outlet on Cuyamaca Street in El Cajon is already out of Twinkies and CupCakes.
Workers said the three store employees and the 11 truck drivers will be out of job once the product is gone. They think that will take a week, but the goods could be gone sooner with people like Nikko Sanchez.
Sanchez is one of the dozens of shoppers Team 10 saw scouring stores for a snack cake fix.
"No more Twinkies," he said. "I got some Ding Dongs, but there are no more Twinkies at the Hostess store right now."
Sanchez told Team 10 he will keep searching.
"I'm going to the grocery store and paying full price for them right now. I don't care," he said. "I got to get some Twinkies. In 20 years if I still have Twinkies, they'll be worth their weight in gold."
That idea is one that seems to be spreading. Team 10 found a Twinkie listed on eBay for $250,000. There is also talk that some of the iconic Hostess brands will be snatched up by other companies and live on. Until then, thousands are out of job.
Angelica San Martin said she will miss the workers in the Chula Vista bakery outlet.
"All the people that work there are great and I just think it's sad that they are leaving and they aren't coming back," said San Martin.
Sanchez added, "Hostess needs a bailout. This is a staple. I can't think of anybody that hasn't had a Hostess product," said Sanchez.