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Wonder Hostess Bakery Outlet Will Reopen

The bakery outlet in Meriden has been closed since its roof and part of the building collapsed under heavy snow last winter, but it will reopen, the company said this week.

According to locals, the on East Main Street has been in Meriden "forever." Which is why the discount bakery's prolonged closure after a corner of the from heavy snow, has had some in Meriden worried that it would never reopen.

But the outlet, which has offered locals discounted Twinkies, Wonderbread and other Hostess products since 1955, according to city records, will be reopened, the company says.

"We currently plan to repair the outlet, but a re-opening date has not been determined," said Erik Halvorson, a spokesman at the Texas-based Hostess Brands by e-mail on Monday. "Given the level of construction required, it could be several months."

That comes as good news for residents who have relied on the store at 1319 E Main St. for discount food for nearly 60 years.

"My mother used to buy those snack desserts for our lunches – she'd buy them wholesale for a good price," said Carol Neckermann who grew up in Meriden in the late 1950's and 1960's and now works as an Administrative Assistant in the City Manager's office. "It did help people." 

The building's roof and walls on a southwest corner of the building fell in during the same Feb. 5 storm that felled the a roof on the city's Sherman Ave. Firehouse. The station is also still in the process of being repaired.

D. Lemke October 26, 2011 at 12:51 PM
thats great,it's a good company , been going for years.wish they had the store in the inner city, with gas prices a lot of people dont like to drive up to it.but i still will one a month or more.
Kathryn Smith January 24, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Yes I really do miss shopping at Hostess. When will it reopen?
Laurie Rich Salerno January 24, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Hi Kathryn - The company filed for bankruptcy protection on Jan. 11, 2012, (Our story is here: http://patch.com/A-qcVf), which may affect the reopening. A spokesman at the Corporate HQ reached that day said: "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." So, I guess at this point we cross our fingers and wait...

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