Day 3: Grocery Stores Battle Storm - Low Supplies

9 years 9 months 3 weeks ago December 03, 2006 Dec 3, 2006 Sunday, December 03 2006 Sunday, December 03, 2006 10:02:48 PM CST in News

There are gaps on the shelves, especially necessity items like bread.

Sunday was a busy day for HY-VEE because it was the first day most shoppers got out since Thursday.

But managers say that's not the main reason there's a shortage.

For shopper Robin Heider Sunday was her first time out since before the storm. She made her weekly grocery stop a little late.

"I probably would have gone on Friday or Saturday but we couldn't get out,"  Heider explained.

Some items are out or are running out at HY-VEE.

Managers  say soda is one of the things they're running low on because these delivery trucks couldn't make it through the storm

"They had a lot of problems with their trucks getting stuck," said HY-VEE manager Rob Reif.

Suprisingly, these were mostly local trucks.

"It was kind of ironic, the people that drove the farthest could make deliveries,"said Reif.

Some vendors around Columbia couldn't make it out of the driveway.

But managers say that's not the only reason shelves are bare.

"The first time that a customer, the weather starts announcing there's going to be a snow storm, we start getting crazy busy," Reif explained. "People think they're going to get snowed in for a week."

But most people aren't snowed in anymore, and need their groceries.  So trucks are hurrying to stock the shelves.

"A lot of vendors normally don't deliver on Sundays and they are delivering today just because they missed a day and are trying to catch up," said Reif.

To try and keep shoppers like Heider equipped with what they need.

Managers say the store slowed down signigicantly on Friday. But for the shoppers that did come in, HY-VEE says the most common puchase was beer.

Managers speculate people got bored being stuck inside.

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