"It was just an hour ago that he told me," Watts said Friday morning as he made his last delivery at the Dolly Madison store in Arvada.

Watts had no Zingers or cute jokes about Ho-Hos everyone else seemed to make on this day.

Not when he and roughly 18,000 other workers around the country found they won't have work through the holidays.

"I feel bad for the young guys, that have a couple kids and a wife to support," he said.

Friday, Watts said, was unlike any the Hostess Company had seen in a while.

"People were buying Twinkies and cupcakes left and right," Watts said.

At Denver-area stores, lines snaked around the buildings, with people trying to buy the last of the brands so many Americans grew up putting in their lunch boxes.

"It's just something you remember fondly," Lynn Riemer said."It's like the first things that you grow up by that mom didn't make."

Hostess, founded in 1930, was fighting competition from other snack makers and healthier options.

The maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread told its striking bakery workers it would sell off assets if plant operations didn't return to normal levels by 5 p.m. EST Thursday.

The company made good on its promise Friday. At Denver's plant, more than 150 people found out they would lose their jobs, including delivery drivers like Watts.

"Maybe it's kind of a relief, you know to be done with it, worrying if I'm going to have a job tomorrow or not," Watts said.