Janesville bakery outlet to close doors

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
— Gail Jones knows her days are numbered as manager of the Hostess Bakery Outlet on Kennedy Road in Janesville.

In fact, she said, her 13-year career might end today when corporate Hostess Brands officials visit her store at 3212 Kennedy Road to tell her exactly when she will close.

Jones said the corporate store has sold products for 30 years. Until about 18 months ago, she shared the space and split the costs of the building with Hostess route trucks that would load up each day and head out on their retail rounds.

"They say my store is not profitable," said Jones, who agrees that the added overhead has eaten up a good portion of her retail sales.

"What I've been telling my customers is to call Hostess and tell them to bring me back in a much smaller store," Jones said Monday.

Two weeks ago, Hostess filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Jones said she is not receiving new inventory, and her shelves are becoming bare as she runs a discount sale.

And for those customers that don't make it in time, she had a simple message.

"Please tell them I'll miss them all," she said.

Last updated: 7:15 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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