“I buy for myself and I also buy for my next door neighbor because he is afraid to go out,” said customer Carolyn Edwards.
At a Walmart Supercenter in Kearny, New Jersey, Edwards was stocking up on essentials.
“We had more water – one for her, one for me too – and, you know, just a little more juice, milk,” she said.
She is bracing for a potential lockdown as COVID cases increase in the tri-state region.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen, so you have to be ready,” Edwards said.
She is not the only one to prepare.
John Catsimatidis, owner and CEO of around 35 Gristedes and D’Agostino locations in New York City, says business has grown 10% in the past few days as people start stocking.
“People are very worried about this Thanksgiving dinner, and they buy early and buy in quantity,” he said.
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Catsimatidis says stores still haven’t recovered from the shopping panic that left many shelves empty in the first wave.
“There have always been shortages at Bounty and Charmin, and it has not returned to normal,” he said.
Catsimatidis says that from now on it’s business as usual, but if stores start to notice that they are running out of certain key products, they will start to limit the number of times each customer can buy at the store. times.
He encourages people to buy only what they need.
“The supply chain is good. We are well equipped. If nobody panics, everything will be fine, ”Catsimatidis said.
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Manhattan roommates who spoke to Kiran Dhillon about CBS2 agree. They panicked in the spring and regretted it.
“We bought a lot of wipes and stuff, and it was so much more expensive than usual,” Priyanka Agarwal said.
But back in New Jersey, Edwards says she isn’t overdoing it.
“Someone else wants the opportunity to buy for their family as well, so we’re considering that while we’re picking up. I know I am, ”she said. “But prevention is better than cure.”
She thinks of others but takes no risks.
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