By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – Wonder Bread has been returning to store shelves, and Corinth soon will have a new retail outlet offering the popular Hostess product.
The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a seven-year lease with Flowers Baking Co., of Tuscaloosa, Ala., to occupy a building on South Harper Road formerly occupied by Final Touch Accessories.
The agreement calls for the county to complete retrofitting the building for Flowers’ needs by Nov. 29, said board attorney Bill Davis. They’re expected to begin operations from the facility soon after.
Flowers Baking Co. already occupies warehouse space in Corinth, said Gary Chandler, president of The Alliance economic development organization.
The company’s acquisition of part of Hostess Brands sparked the need for more space and a place where they could add a retail component.
Hostess – also the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, CupCakes, Zingers and other popular snacks – filed for liquidation last fall. Its brands were bought by several companies, including Flowers.
The almost 24,000-square-foot building will more than accommodate the company’s needs, Chandler said. Among the familiar brands to be offered when the retail store opens are Hostess, Nature’s Own, White Wheat, Sunbeam, Bunny Bread and others.
Finding a business to lease the building is a major accomplishment for the county, said board president and District 1 Supervisor Lowell Hinton.
The county evicted previous occupant Final Touch Accessories after many months of nonpayment of rent. An action is currently moving through Alcorn County Circuit Court to recoup more than $100,000 from the defunct company, while the county continues making payments on a state capital improvement loan that paid for building upgrades for Final Touch.
The Flowers Baking Co. monthly rent payment of about $5,300 will more than cover the loan repayment amount, Hinton said.