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Former Hostess Bakery In Columbus Will Not Reopen As Bakery

Distribution trucks sit behind an old Hostess factory in Boonville, Mo., June 24, 2013. Flower Foods purchased 20 Hostess factories, including one in Columbus, Ind.

The former Hostess bakery in Columbus will not resume operations, according to Columbus economic development officials.

Flower Foods bought the Dolly Madison Bakery last year as part of an acquisition deal after Hostess declared bankruptcy. The company analyzed the property and has decided to put it up for sale. But a condition of the sale is that it doesn’t go to a competitor, which means it will not be reused as a bakery.

Jason Hester, the Columbus Economic Development Board’s executive director, says that means the property is likely going to be used for another industrial or retail business.

“My guess would be that someone would purchase the 11.5 acre site and likely tear down the old factory and then have a blank piece of paper to  work with,” Hester says.

The property is zoned for industrial use, but Hester says it could be rezoned for commercial use.

Flowers Foods is asking about $2.75 million for the property, which Hester says is in line with other properties in the area.

Flowers Foods could not be reached for comment.

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