San Diegans stock up on Twinkies

SAN DIEGO — Friday morning’s announcement by Hostess Brands officials that their company will be going out of business, sent hundreds of San Diegans out to grab as many Twinkies, Ding-Dongs and Devil Dogs as they could.

Holly Ofaro came out of Chula Vista’s Hostess Outlet Bakery with six bags.

“I got Twinkies, Wonderbread and fruit pies,” she said.

Hostess Brand officials said the company is asking Federal Bankruptcy Court permission to close its operations due to a bakery worker strike.

Production of the baked goods has already ceased.

Many gas stations, grocery stores and bakeries across San Diego County got their last batch of Hostess baked goods Friday morning. Many shelves were wiped by late Friday morning.

“I got the last box of Twinkies!” said Stacey Hoyle of Chula Vista.

The closing also means the company’s nearly 19,000 employees across the nation, including dozens in San Diego, will lose their jobs.

But many Twinkie and Ding Dong lovers remain hopeful the brand will survive.

“Another company will come and buy it out – it’s a big name brand,” said Jon Birtcher.