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The end of the Hostess era

The store that sells all things Hostess was filled early Friday afternoon with shoppers emptying shelves of cakes and doughnuts and rolls as a nationwide bakers union strike forces the Texas-based company to shutter for good.

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Hostess route driver Bryan Handy of Uncasville cleans bread trays out of the delivery trucks on his last day of work outside of the Wonder/Hostess thrift store in Montville Friday Nov. 16, 2012. Handy was hired on Nov. 16, 1987, exactly 25 years ago.

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Two shoppers snap souvenir photos after leaving the Wonder/Hostess thrift store in Montville with their purchases Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.

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Shoppers leave the Wonder/Hostess thrift store in Montville with their purchases Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.

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Hostess route driver Bryan Handy of Uncasville helps to clear out the delivery trucks on his last day of work outside of the Wonder/Hostess thrift store in Montville Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.

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Dick Andriola, of Waterford, departs the Wonder/Hostess thrift store in Montville with his purchases Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.

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Tim Cook/The Day | Buy Photo

Hostess route driver Bryan Handy of Uncasville helps to clear out the delivery trucks on his last day of work outside of the Wonder/Hostess thrift store in Montville Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.