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Many took a trip to find elusive Twinkie

Customer RitRobbins left Elgkisses employee Kathy Lippradt 66 from ElgHostess Bakery Thrift Shop ElgFriday afternoafter company announced it is going

Customer Rita Robbins, left, Elgin, kisses employee Kathy Lippradt, 66 from Elgin, at the Hostess Bakery Thrift Shop in Elgin Friday afternoon after the company announced it is going out of business. November 16, 2012. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 19, 2012 1:22PM



ELGIN — Lisa Kemp of Carpentersville and two of her neighbors were on a quest Friday — looking for stores in the area that still had Twinkies, Ho Hos and other Hostess brand snack cakes on their shelves.

That quest brought them to the Hostess Outlet store at 425 Airport Road in Elgin.

“I’ve lived here for 25 years and I had never been here myself,” said Kemp’s neighbor, Sam Podraza. “I just knew it was here.”

After hearing the announcement Friday morning that Hostess planned to go out of business, the two started their Twinkie quest at the Jewel store in West Dundee, where they bought the last of the Ho Hos — the chocolate and cream cake rolls — or at least what they had stocked on the shelves, Kemp said.

They then ran back home to drive to the Elgin store with another neighbor, Matthew Sikes.

“I am highly in favor of the holy quest to find the Twinkie,” Sikes said.

They planned to check other area grocers to stock up on Twinkies.

So, it appears, have many other area residents. According to cashier Mary Richardson, there was a line at the Hostess store when she opened up on Friday morning and the crowd had remained constant throughout the day.

She and her other co-workers do not know how much longer they will have a job, Richardson said.

“My boss called this morning, but I was too busy to talk to him,” and find out further details on their future, Richardson added.

They have been told that what is on the shelves now is all that they will be selling — no more deliveries are expected.

“What we have now is it,” she said.

Sikes had the last full box of chocolate Zingers, and he was still hoping to find a full box of Hostess Cupcakes in chocolate.

Frank Slowik of Hampshire was driving home from Chicago and decided he should stop and stock up, too.

“I am grabbing what they have — this body didn’t come out of a bottle,” he joked.



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