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Twinkies return to Charlotte-area shelves

Long rumored as the snack that could survive nuclear fallout, the Twinkie has been revived and should be back on shelves at all Charlotte-area supermarkets within the next week, grocers told the Observer on Monday.

Harris Teeter and Family Dollar expect Twinkies to be available by next week, spokespeople from the companies said.

Some local supermarkets couldn’t wait for Hostess’ official reintroduction of the treat Monday.

The Food Lion on Park Road received its first shipment of Twinkies on Saturday and had boxes out on special display by that evening, Mike Richardson, the store’s assistant manager, said.

Wal-Mart also started selling them over the weekend.

“People are a little shocked to see them,” Richardson said. “Everyone thought they were gone.”

Sales haven’t exploded yet, he said, but he’s certain that the Twinkie’s loyal fan base will come around.

When Hostess filed for bankruptcy and discontinued the yellow snack cake seven months ago, Richardson said shoppers quickly bought up his store’s remaining boxes as memorabilia.

During the Twinkie’s hiatus, he regularly had three or four customers a week who asked for the snack, he said.

Jamie Kirk, owner of the Little Cafe in Rock Hill, is relieved to see the snack cake return. His restaurant is well-known for serving deep-fried Twinkies.

Kirk stockpiled when Hostess announced bankruptcy, he said. But when his 125 remaining boxes ran out, he said his restaurant deep-fried imitation Twinkies instead.

“I was surprised by how many people noticed the difference,” he said.

“They told me they could taste a difference in the cream.”

When Kirk heard that Wal-Mart was selling Twinkies again, he immediately went out and bought 25 boxes – enough to last him until his first shipment arrives at the end of the week, he said.

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