Stop stockpiling – grocery stores will restock, NC officials say


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – It’s not uncommon to see some grocery stores with empty shelves as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

North Carolina officials are urging people to stop “panic buying” – insisting the country’s grocery store supply chain is strong.

“Please resist the urge to stockpile food or engage in panic buying. Leave some for others, especially those who can’t afford to buy a lot of food all at once,” said North Carolina Director of Emergency Management Mike Sprayberry.

Sprayberry said there are no plans to close the state’s grocery stores, saying the chain of supply is working well.

“Refrain and clam down. We are in it for the long haul. This has just begun,” said Sprayberry.

According to the Food Industry Association, the supply chain is resilient.  

FMI said manufacturers work closely with retailers to pace the supply of in-demand products to make sure there is an equal distribution.

“There will be situations of categories experiencing out of stock due to this unprecedented time of demand, but in all likelihood, those shelves will be replenished soon. Usually within the next day,” said FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin in a statement.

On Thursday, trucks were ready to unload products outside the Harris Teeter in North Hills.

A company spokeswoman said Harris Teeter is working to make sure products in-store, online and via delivery are available to shoppers, but that there could be limited inventory. 

“It’s important to shop responsibly and purchase only what you need, knowing that we will continue to refill our shelves,” said Harris Teeter communications manager Danna Robinson.

Wegmans says it is responding to the COVID-19 crisis by implementing a two-item purchase limit on some products so the store can meet the demands of as many customers as possible.

“Know that we continue to receive shipments to our stores every day. Although we may not have every variety available, we are working hard to give our customers options in each category,” the company said in a statement on its website.

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