Sunday, November 28, 2021

Oxford’s Hostess with the Mostest Is No More

Hostess bakery outlet closes its doors in Oxford

Angela Leslie — Photo by John R. Allison

By John R Allison, HottyToddy.com writer and photographer
john.allison@hottytoddy.com
Oxford’s Hostess Bakery outlet on Heritage Drive has fallen victim to the strike between management and union workers that led to the recent closing of the iconic American snack brand nationwide.
 Angela Leslie, Hostess store manager for the past 21 years, said she received a memo last week from management stating that if union workers did not return to work by Thursday, November 15th at 5 p.m., they (management) would start shutting down its chain of bakeries for good.
The union began its strike of the American maker of Twinkies and other iconic snack brands on November 9. At the time, the company said it did not have the financial resources to withstand a labor dispute.
Workers never returned to work, and management was true to its word and began the process of closures.
On Friday, November 16, Hostess truck drivers were told to turn in their keys and Leslie was asked to move her remaining inventory to Oxford’s food pantry and to begin disassembly of her store shelves.
As a HottyToddy.com reporter spoke with Angela in the Hostess Bakery parking lot, customers would pull up to the store entrance, only to depart after discovering the fate of the bakery outlet.
Leslie said she knew many of her customers by name, and enjoyed conversing with them when they came to pick up good deals on their favorite baked goods.
She left a hand written sign out for her customers that reads, Closed for business. Thank you to all of our loyal customers! Although these doors have closed, God will open another! 
Angela Leslie

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