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Twinkies back on store shelves July 15: News bittersweet for Ogden residents

OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Snack lovers across America are rejoicing, but for those living in Ogden, the news is bittersweet.
OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Snack lovers across America are rejoicing, but for those living in Ogden, the news is bittersweet.

They're going to be the same golden cream-filled snacks you remember, but the Twinkie boxes you'll see on store shelves next month will bare the tag line "The Sweetest Comeback in the History of Ever."

For those in Ogden it’s a bit of a disappointment.

"It's kind of bittersweet,” said Shelly Weeks.

Holly Taysom said, "So the rest of America can be happy but I think Ogden is still sad that the Twinkies factory isn't by us anymore."

The Ogden Hostess plant closed last November leaving nearly 600 people without jobs.

"I think the area has really taken a hit,” said Ogden resident Mike Beaudoin. “I mean there used to be a lot of traffic, a lot of business, but once they left the area with lost a lot of jobs."

The company that bought the rights to Hostess' Twinkies, CupCakes, Donettes other cakes is consolidating production from 11 bakery plants to only four in Georgia, Kansas, Illinois and Indiana.

Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell told ABC 4 Utah, "Our understanding is that they're going to open up a couple of plants and then ramp it up, but we don't have a date on when they would open up here."

But the mayor says the city has really been kept in the dark about the new company's plans. He's guessing it's a good sign they haven't begun gutting the plant.

"They haven't sold any of the major equipment, we haven't seen the kind of tearing it apart and part and parceling ovens or any manufacturing stuff out,” said Mayor Caldwell.

So in order to get those ovens going once again, the mayor has this advice: "Everyone needs to eat a lot of Twinkies so there's demand in the marketplace so they'll have to open as demand dictates."

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