No Wonder! Queens Hostess store victim of company's financial crisis
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Hostess Brands, maker of Twinkies, Yodels, Wonder Bread and other snacks, is shutting down production after the company said it could no longer continue operating in the face of a crippling nationwide strike. The closing means the loss of 18,500 jobs nationally, many of them at its 33 factories, which have already been closed.

Locally, the Wonder Bread/Hostess Thrift Shop on Atlantic Avenue at 89th Street in Ozone Park will close its doors the night before Thanksgiving, staying open just long enough to sell off its remaining baked goods.

Business was brisk on Sunday as shoppers looked to say goodbye to some of their favorite snacks, as well as take advantage of discounted prices. Miriam Mir of Woodhaven bought numerous boxes of Yodels, which she planned to give out as gifts to the nurses where she works.

“Can you freeze these?” she asked a worker.

Jay from Howard Beach purchased three bags full of the tasty snacks and believed that you could freeze them.

“I’ll find out,” he said.

There was a sad contrast between the customers, who were almost giddy as they stocked up, and the employees, who are facing unemployment on Thanksgiving Day. They received instructions yesterday to hang up signs offering everything at 50 percent off and confirmed that, after more than three decades of doing business in Ozone Park, they will close their doors for good Wednesday night, or when the last of their products were sold, whichever came first.

The two workers in the store were temporary workers and had no idea how many workers locally would be impacted by the closing. But they pointed out that on top of the employees at the store, all of the people who deliver the baked goods to the stores are familiar faces to those who work at and shop in stores along Jamaica and Liberty avenues. Many of these people face an uncertain future in a shaky economy, and that uncertainty begins on Thanksgiving.

“It’s sad,” one of the workers said as he stacked up the last of the Yodels.

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