March 17, 2020 – Demand for food, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other supplies has surged at local markets and grocery stores, as locals stock up in anticipation of staying home for extended periods of time due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Around the Monterey Bay, grocery shelves have been stripped bare at some supermarkets, challenging managers, checkers and other personnel to keep up with the unprecedented demand. Staples such as potatoes, oatmeal, canned tuna, pasta and frozen meals were in high demand; people also continued to seek out cleaning supplies such as sanitizing wipes and bleach.
“We are doing our best to keep everything upbeat and stocked,” says Andre Beauregard, owner of Shopper’s Corner independent market in Santa Cruz. “We are definitely ordering heavier to accommodate the panic buying, and … Read More