(BLOOMINGTON) - Hostess fruit pies, classic white Wonder Bread and Duplex cookies were some of the last items left on the barren shelves in the Wonder Bread Hostess outlet store in Bloomington Monday afternoon.
Lead clerk and Bedford resident Ruby Lovell swept the floor of the practically empty store. She has worked in the same shop on South Old State Road for 34 years, and today the shop is closed.
On Nov. 16, employees were notified that Hostess Brands Inc. was shutting down, and the outlet store would be forced to close.
The winding down process officially began after a failed mediation Nov. 20 between Hostess and the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers Union, the group that initiated a nationwide strike that crippled the financially struggling company.
The wind-down means the loss of 18,500 jobs nationwide. Two major Indiana bakeries in Columbus and Indianapolis and at least 20 outlet stores across Indiana have been forced to close.
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