And we’ve talked about health and the safety aspects of the storm, but what about the other types of storm prep that people do like stocking up at the grocery store?
Yes, you can imagine the grocery stores have been extremely busy today.
Cait Westerholm spoke to a few local managers to see how they’ve prepared and how the storm could impact deliveries in the upcoming week.
The first major snowstorm of the season always brings crowds into the grocery stores, and this one is no different.
Grocery stores have noticed an influx of customers but are handling it well despite supply chain issues.
“Yes we definitely have seen some supply issues for the most part right now. The grocery items have been holding pretty strong.
Really, what we’re seeing lately is an increase in prices and less staff than we would actually like to have.”
Because of these already existing shortages. With some items, the stores have made arrangements to get more product in ahead of this weekend’s snow.
“We make arrangements right up front. We were already contacting Gallagher’s Dairy Fruit Factory shipments of milk today and tomorrow.”
“We know it’s going to be there in that and in turn, our warehouse set that we own. They’ve given us multiple deliveries, extra it back into here for today,
tomorrow and Sunday. So we’re going to be well prepared on them on meat produced deli bakery, all those areas.”
Also, with the path of this storm is taking, it could impact deliveries to grocery stores into next week.
“With our delivery schedules and things. The way this storm is running, our trucking schedules have definitely changed already. We’re seeing people trying to pull products
in earlier and staying away from Monday Tuesday deliveries, looking to move it out further in the week.”
And on top of it all, there’s another reason the grocery stores are seeing more business this weekend. That’s not due to the snow.
“And now we have the Steeler football game on on Sunday, which is going to bring another business into the store.”
It will be a busy weekend for grocery stores, but their staff is handling it well.
“I mean, our staff is fantastic. They’ve all been pushing very hard through these times, especially with this storm coming in when our influx and customers, they’ve all
been working harder than ever.”
And if you do have to be out this weekend, the most important thing to keep in mind is to stay safe.
“I want everyone to be safe. Probably more than anything. Don’t come out when it’s snowing really bad and everything.
We’re going to be open, but if you don’t need it to stay at home and be safe.”