Area grocery stores work to keep up with demand

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Posted at 10:11 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 23:24:39-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At loading docks around the metro, delivery trucks can't come soon enough as groceries stores are trying their best to keep up with their customers needs.

"I already had done some shopping earlier, so I was able to find some stuff that I needed and then just coming here, I just kind of tied up loose ends," Albert Garcia, a shopper, said.

After going into three different stores, Garcia finally found some rice this Sunday, and he didn't hold back--buying a 50-pound bag.

"I would buy two weeks ahead, but with everything going on, you know and I have two little ones, I got a 1 [year-old] and a 4 [year-old], so I rather be safe than sorry," Garcia said.

That's one way of describing the shopping rush that has left many shelves bare of cleaning supplies, canned foods and paper products.

Emily Pfeiffer couldn't join the masses at the grocery stores earlier this week, and while there's plenty of vitamins in stock at the store Pfeiffer went to Sunday, she'll have to visit another time to get what she came for.

"I talked to my parents and they said to try early or late but probably early would be better," Pfeiffer said.

In a news conference Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence said that grocery store hours might be reduced "to allow for cleaning and to resupply."

"But American families can be confident your local grocery stores are going to be open," Pence said. "It's going to be well supplied."

At the Sunfresh on East 31st Street and Prospect Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, owner John Lipari said business has tripled over the past three days.

"Gradually, we got a little bit in yesterday and we'll get we'll get more in tomorrow and through next week," Lipari said.

But he's confident his store can meet the community's needs.

"You know, they won't have to rush in and get things," Lipari said. "So they just come in like normal. We'll be stocked up and, and be ready for them."