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Local grocery stores take a stance on shoppers over-purchasing

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - A lot of us would like to avoid chaos at our neighborhood markets triggered by the coronavirus outbreak.

But empty cabinets and a bare fridge don't leave us with much of an option.

"Products are flying off the shelves. Some items are moving a lot faster than others," said Jeffery Temple Fred Meyer director of corporate affairs.

"We have seen a lot of shoppers making sure they're stocking up for themselves and for their families," Kathy Holland Albertson's communications and public relations.

Panic-buying and gripping shoppers are making it difficult for us to get the things we need.

Starting this week at least 5 local markets are taking steps to reduce shoppers over-purchasing.

Albertson's is adjusting its hours for senior citizens and vulnerable neighbors to ensure they receive the items they need.

"We had received a lot of comments coming in from elderly senior centers and elderly community members, concerned about getting out and about to pick up the things they need," said Holland.

Starting Thursday, March 19 from 7 a.m to 9 a.m Albertson will reserve every Tuesday and Thursday for those vulnerable shoppers. The store is asking customers for compassion and understanding while it temporarily designates these special hours for shoppers most at risk in the communities.

"We're asking the community to respect those hours to be able to let the senior citizens or other at-risk populations such as pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems to be able to come into the stores and shop, without the large groups of people," said Holland.

Fred Myers announces its current mission is providing access to fresh food and essentials to the community.

Early March the store activated a preparedness plan.

They say the supply chain teams are fully staffed and working overtime to ensure supplies are continuously being delivered to stores.

"Our priority is to all get aligned in making sure that we've got the goods going out to our stores. We've got all hands on deck. Our stores are working hard, they're working long hours, our truck drivers are fully committed, and driving long hours as needed. We've extended their shifts wherever possible to make sure that we get goods to our stores for our customers," said Temple.

Winco Foods is addressing quantity buying concerns from customers.

To help this, they plan to temporarily close various locations during the early morning hours to clean and re-stock.

The store hours are being left up to individual locations.

They are reminding shoppers that they will not be accepting returns on products over-purchased related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Walmart is monitoring coronavirus panic shopping situations daily.

Walmart has authorized store managers to take extra steps in managing inventory.

Shoppers will be limited to sale quantities on items that are in unusually high demand.

This policy will also be applied to online Walmart shoppers.

Sams Club has seen increasing numbers of shoppers.

They say they are working to replenish store items as fast as they can

They are requesting club members to limit their shopping supply for a two week time period.

Economy / Health / Idaho / Idaho Falls / Local News / Top Stories
Ariel Schroeder

Ariel Schroeder

Ariel is a reporter for Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News 3.

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3 Comments

  1. Over-purchasing. Simply another term for ‘greedy millennial ***holes’! ME! ME! ME! Do you people have even a REMOTE idea of how stupid you look? The supply chain ain’t breaking down, you dim-witted batsturds, it’s simply you self-centered damned fools EMPTYING the grocery stores’ shelves. Once again I have horribly UNDER-estimated how DUMB this nation’s population has become.

    I now understand WHY modern vehicles are equipped with everything except a warning light that flashes “Pull your head out of your ***, ****-stick! You’re about to run off the ******* ROAD!” Probably be in a ‘trim package’ next year on Toyota and Volvo.
    My ‘estimate’ of the general public’s IQ is now that it is slightly BELOW that of a TREE! 🙁

  2. Although I agree; I have to ask are you forgetting your meds? You seem to be a little too upset about…well, nothing. As you state the supply lines are still open and what you need will be there in a day or two.

    Need to take a deep breath, sit back, relax and watch a good movie or go out and take a nice long walk.

    1. Thanks for your kind thoughts, J. (No ‘meds’/just a low and gradually weakening tolerance for crowd/HERD[?] mentality.) Also, quite frankly, I am getting concerned about a (think post-9/11) reduction of our relative freedoms. As for myself….I have tee times for the next three mornings.
      I am observing financial problems from a panic which will still be affecting my grandsons’ lives long after my ashes are scattered by the four winds. The truly sad thing is that the vast majority of damage will not be done by the virus itself, but by the mindless panic of idiots.
      MY biggest concern right now? Whether a soft-tissue injury from January is going to shorten my club-distances significantly.
      You have a great day, J. Just remember that stampedes of cattle can be dangerous to human beings who get in their way, also. 😉

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