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Cathy Jett is the business editor at The Free Lance-Star, and specializes in covering the area's retail scene. You can email her at

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Wonder Bread/Hostess facility, outlet closing in Fredericksburg

The Wonder Bread/Hostess distribution center and the Bakery Thrift Shop next door on Powhatan Street in Fredericksburg will be closing, although employees said they had not been told when that will be.

According to Hostess Brands Inc.’s website,  products will continue to be delivered and Hostess Brands retail stores will remain open for several days in order to sell already-baked products.

The company  announced today that it is winding down operations and has filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court seeking permission to close its business and sell its assets, including such iconic brands as Twinkies and  its facilities.

Bakery operations have been suspended at all plants.