Large crowds swarm stores for supplies ahead of winter storm

Large crowds swarm stores for supplies ahead of winter storm
Grocery stores packed ahead of winter weather (Source: KCBD Video)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Local stores are concerned about supplies with the upcoming winter storm, which could bring a shortage of salt and other necessities.

Tommy Hall of Louisville told WAVE 3 News stocked up early to avoid this week’s rush.

“I went out yesterday and got a few items so that I didn’t have to go out,” Hall said.

While Hall was able to take it easy, others had their carts filled at ValuMarket in Iroquois Sunday.

“We check the weather, we check the news daily to make sure we are extra staffed because we know we are going to get a rush,” ValuMarket Office Manager Melissa Sells said.

She said they have plenty of milk and bread, and they want to remind everyone to be patient as they are coming in to get supplies.

“We’re always going to have stuff. You are always going to have some place to go to get food. So, don’t panic, we will have food for you,” Sells said.

It’s not just the local grocers asking for patience.

“Please be patient. We are trying. It’s not that we are telling you, ‘no, we don’t have it.’ We really don’t have it,” Ace Hardware cashier Shy Tillman said.

Generators and salt are cleared out at the Ace Hardware at 26th Street and Market Street.

“Well, they have been really going crazy as far as salt and ice melt,” Tillman said.

Just about every store is out of salt, Tillman said.

“Unfortunately, it runs out quickly, and it’s not just here, it’s everywhere. We’ve had people come all the way from Indiana,” Tillman said.

He said shovels, sleds, and just about any item needed to prepare for winter weather are also flying off the shelves.

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