Jacksonville, Fla. — With Tropical Storm Isaias forming in the Atlantic amid the pandemic, people around Northeast Florida are wondering what prepping for a hurricane may mean for local grocery chains.
Many stores saw goods on local shelves dwindle in the Spring.
“This is actually forcing people to think about a little bit of the future,” said Winn-Dixie shopper, Phillip McCarty.
Winn-Dixie’s parent company, Southeastern Grocers, tells Action News Jax it’s working closely with distribution centers to make sure customers can find what they need in the event of a hurricane.
Publix tells Action News Jax in a statement reading in part, “… water production is in full-swing, and inventory levels are returning to pre-pandemic state, with few exceptions…” and “… we are seeing better conditions in most categories; however, paper and cleaning products have been slower to rebound. For this very reason, customers may see limits in place…”
Complete statements from Southeastern Grocers and Publix may be found below.
First Coast Manufacturers Association president, Lake Ray, tells us many consumers may have more goods stockpiled at home than they would have in past summers, as a result of shopping habits amid the pandemic.
He went on to say food that may have gone to restaurants prior to the pandemic, in some cases, is being redirected to grocery stores.
“Some of that now it being reshifted,” said Ray. “... And so you’re seeing it go back over to the grocery chain.”
Southeastern Grocers' statement:
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