Southwest Virginia grocery stores already dealing with shortages could see more with heavy snow this weekend

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse with supply chain shortages, it has. Grocery stores around the country have been dealt a hard blow throughout this pandemic and now with a looming winter storm, things are becoming more hectic for local grocery stores.

More and more shelves are empty as people continue to panic-buy products due to COVID-19. Adding to the shortage of supplies — shoppers stocking up on groceries in preparation for an impending snowstorm.

As the potential for a heavy snowstorm approaches this weekend, local stores are getting geared up to deal with the high demand.

Marketing Manager John Bryant of the Roanoke Co+op says the new demand is putting stress on an already stressed system.

“Just be mindful you don’t have to stock up on tons and tons of stuff just to get you through the week or so. Also, be flexible with what you can. If you have a favorite cereal that is not on the shelf, try something new,” said Bryant.

Bryant says these tips can help stores and shoppers get through this chaotic time.

The Roanoke Co+op on Grandin Avenue does plan to stay open through the storm, barring any unforeseen circumstances. If conditions worsen enough, the downtown location will more than likely be closed.

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