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No More Wonder Bread

In our “when the Enterprise Zone is not enough” category, the Los Angeles Times reports today:

Interstate Bakeries Corp. said today its Wonder bread brand would disappear from Southern California grocery stores after it shuts down bread baking operations in the region Oct. 29.

Kansas City, Mo.-based Interstate said it planned to close all four of its Southland bread bakeries, located in Glendale, Pomona, San Diego and in Los Angeles southeast of USC. The company will also close 17 distribution centers and 16 outlet stores.

In all, about 1,300 jobs will be eliminated.

Interstate, which has been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for almost three years, said its bread operations in Southern California were losing money and blamed high labor costs.

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