Big Lots, the official outlet retailer for Hostess as of 2014, carries a selection of Hostess products that varies from week to week and store to store. Available options include Twinkies, Ho Hos, CupCakes, Jumbo Honey Buns and Donettes. Hostess closed its standalone thrift store outlets in 2013.
As the outlet retailer for Hostess, Big Lots stores receive shipments of overstock Hostess merchandise on a regular basis. Because the overstock varies by time of the year and location, the stock changes regularly. The product Big Lots receives is fresh from the manufacturer with a guaranteed shelf life of at least two weeks. The prices are up to 40 percent off the usual retail price.
Prior to filing for bankruptcy in November 2012, Hostess ran around 600 of its own thrift outlet stores. The stores, along with the Hostess factories, shut down for a period of four months until a new owner purchased the company. The new owner did not reopen the thrift stores.
The Big Lots partnership replaces the old thrift stores. Big Lots operates over 1,500 stores across the United States. The discount retailer specializes in closeout merchandise and recommends that customers looking for discount Hostess products check early and often to find the best selection.