PALISADE, Colo – (KREX) Kelly Myers has owned family food town since 1987, but bare grocery shelves are something he’s never seen, until now. “We’re just trying to keep the shelves full,” Myers said.
As the two year mark for the COVID-19 pandemic nears, local grocery owners are experiencing deja vu. “Oh yeah its been a little tough, some things are just impossible to get on a regular basis,” Myers explains, “I am getting about 70% of what I order.”
Not only do local stores like Family Food Town compete with larger grocery chains, they are now battling severe shortages. “There’s quite a few items, canning supplies, canning lids, jars, I haven’t got canning lids in in over a year,” Myers explains.
But that hasn’t stopped local shoppers. “I’ve been coming here for 25 years or so,” Darrell Wise, Palisade resident says, “Occasionally they are out of a few things, like last year it was kind of up and down but most of the time they have a pretty good supply of stuff here.”
Can’t find what you need at the store again? You’re not alone, before making a grocery list here is a list of items you might not find. Chicken, carbonated drinks, frozen meals, and yes even toilet paper are getting hard for shoppers to find nation wide, but as people hoard supplies others are forced to prep for holidays early. “I would look earlier, I am a person who likes to shop early so the only thing I might be looking for later and that I have heard could be a potential problem is turkeys,” Monica Kraynek, Mesa County resident says.
Whatever you’re searching for, this shopper’s advice, shop around. “Neighbors of mine have said, if you go to Safeway you can find whatever you want,” Kraynek said.