Different types of people handle situations differently, especially when it comes to stuff like a pandemic of a deadly Wuhan virus. But in New York City and elsewhere, an interesting pattern is emerging in regard to fancy chain grocery stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods which have been picked over like a carcass and still have long lines. Meanwhile, regular neighborhood chain stores have a few shortages, but are operating pretty normally.
I’m seeing the same thing here. We’ve only got one national chain store, Walmart, and while it was out of stock for shit like paper products, cleaning supplies, canned goods, meats and flour, the Piggly Wiggly, Mike’s Foodland in Westmoreland and Lafayette Food Market had all that on their shelves and at the same prices as before all this started.
I did go into Walmart this morning though, and it was stocked better today than it has been in the past couple weeks except for toilet paper, paper towels and some cleaning supplies. There was a good choice of meats and canned goods – still some empty spaces, but better than it was a week ago.