(Photo From New Brighton Foodland used with permission)
Story by Beaver County Radio Program Director Frank Sparks with contributions from News Correspondent Sandy Giordano
(Beaver County, Pa.) There have been reports that paper products and other non-perishable foods are starting to be high in demand and stores inventory is evaporating like it did earlier in the spring when the COVID-19 Pandemic first hit. As cases start to rise and the threat of another lock down looms consumers are headed to stores to stock up in case there is another Stay at Home Order.
Beaver County Radio Program Director Frank Sparks and News Correspondent Sandy Giordano reached out to local retailers to find out what there supply and inventory is like. Frank talked with Mike Fischer, he and his brother Ron own the New Brighton Foodland, and he said that he has everything in stock his main problem is variety of the products. Mike said he is well stocked now and is stock piling products from the warehouse to be able to supply his customers. Fischer added that the thing that surprises him is that turkeys are becoming hard to re-inventory and that we are facing a shortage of turkeys and he was told to expect the same with hams. Mike isn’t sure if it’s because of the restaurants being closed or eating capacity drastically reduced and more people are eating at home or what.
Sandy Giordano reported that Giant Eagle in Green Garden Plaza’s manager said this morning that they are well stocked on all products and food during this pandemic.. There is a limit of 1 package of paper towels, 1 package of toilet paper, any cleaning supplies have a limit of 1 per customer.
Kuhn’s Market in the Hopewell Shopping Center said customers have a limit of 1 package of paper towels and toilet paper, and any cleaning supplies.
The Dollar Tree located in the Shops on Brodhead Road in Aliquippa is not experiencing any shortages of products, but the manager said they don’t have enough employees”, no one wants to work during the pandemic.”
A shortage of cleaning supplies at the local Dollar General on Brodhead Road is their only problem, according to a manager.
CVS in the Aliquippa Shopping Center’s manager said they don’t get the normal amount of supplies they used to get prior to the pandemic.
Dick Roberts a representative for Giant Eagle released the following statement to Beaver County Radio about supplies at Giant Eagle Corporate locations locally:
“Giant Eagle has been working tirelessly from the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to keep its shelves well-stocked with essential grocery and household items. Through daily deliveries to each location, strong relationships with existing suppliers, and the identification of new partners and alternate supply sources, we have been able to return to a strong stock position across the most in-demand items and categories in our stores.
“As we enter an uncertain holiday season, we encourage guests to help one another by continuing their traditional grocery shopping and refraining from bulk purchasing. If we all work together, we can ensure that everyone has access to the items they need for themselves and their families. We do not currently have any purchase limits in place but will continue to closely monitor inventory of various household items and will consider implementing purchase limits if and when necessary.”
Sandy Giordano put in media request to Walmart and they haven’t responded, local management doesn’t talk to the media is what Sandy was told.