Hostess Brands, Inc., the company that produces Twinkies and Wonder Bread and owns the currently closed in Meriden – filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in court Wednesday, according to the Associated Press (AP).
Operations will reportedly continue as normal for the Irving, Texas-based company, but the filing could affect the Meriden store's reopening.
"Business will be conducted as usual for us," said Erik Halvorson, a Hostess Brands spokesman reached by e-mail Wednesday morning. "I don’t know of any direct impact (on the Meriden store) from the Chapter 11 filing, though a change in plans could always occur as a result of operational factors."
The Meriden Wonder/Hostess outlet at 1319 East Main St. has been closed for nearly a year – after heavy snow caused last February.
As , Hostess representatives said that the store would reopen, but the company did not yet have a date.
Prior to its closing, the outlet had sold discounted Hostess products in the city since 1955.
A "predecessor company" to the current Hostess Brands Inc. previously filed for bankruptcy protection in 2004, and came out of it in Feb. 2009, according to the AP story.