Anyone experiencing shortage of grocerie items in supermarkets?
Where I am now, one large supermarket chain (like the walmart) is closed its door.
I used to buy Brandy there, last time was on Dec. 31st.
In January I went there two times the doors were closed.
First time I thought they closed early as we have Curfew times here.
Second time I went early but they were closed , so went to a near by store and ask them, yes they are closed for good.
Wondering anyone else experiencing food shortage or large store closing.
Our closest store keep a more restricted stock, but I think it's not because they can't get the products. They think they can get away with it. So many around here use their shopping service and they are sending out old and expired food to some of their customers as well. Thank god I am living in an area where as long as you have a form of transportation you have option. We have a university and hospital only 15 minutes away and with that more businesses are coming to our area. One of them is Lidle another German grocery store. So our options are getting better. It's sad that yours are becoming less. I don't know how large your community is but I encourage you to write grocery corporation and make them aware of your new supply void in your area. Perhaps they will come in to fill that void. Oh until a few years ago my town was a dry town. We finally did get a liquor store and don't have to drive so far.
There are other large malls and small stores, but I don't shop for groceries usualy, but to buy brandy lol.
I could get it at other stores but not the same brand. I couldn't believe a largest store closed in a very populated area. This is one of the largest cities in Colombia. Small stores are complaining about the Curfew imposed to close the stores at 9pm on weekends . It doesn't affect me. They are trying to stop the crowd gatherings at night, and its just started last two weeks after a long full lockdown from March till September (except essential stores)
I don't know why they closed. They had everything like walmart supper center.
Mostly all the products are made in Colombia too.
There are two nice grocery stores within two miles of our house. They are both having their best years - ever. Most people are staying home to eat/dine. Few are going out so it is the local restaurants and bars that are hurting. My wife and I used to go out three or four days a week to listen to local live music - and that usually involved us dining out at least two of those nights. That has not been happening for the last ten months. Fortunately my is an excellent cook and she actually enjoys prepping meals. Some of those meals are finished up by me on the grill. Our grill has had more use in the last ten months than in the last several years. LOL
Brandy, eh? Very cool. For me it is mostly Bourbon and for my wife it is wine.
Back in the spring, when this first started people were panic shopping - everything was out of stock. Like everywhere , toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning supplies were hard to find. The selections of other things were also very limited.
Now things seem to be for the most part back to normal. The stores do restrict you from buying too many of certain items. For the most part 99% of whatever my grocery order is I find available.
I'm not much of a drinker, but seems here alcohol was never a problem to get. I don't think the liquor stores ever closed - I guess they were considered essential business.
We've been short of everything now and again, but fortunately not everything at once. One week it's chicken soup, the next toilet paper and after that, it might be pork chops or broccoli. Liquor stores, however, have been doing quite well and the stock seems to be OK. Mine have shortened hours, but people seem to keep getting there. Necessities rule.
With 5 grocery stores in this small town - we are doing pretty well. Some things are low and a few shelves are bare - but what is not in one is well stocked in another. She doesn't drink and the Dr doesn't want me to with my "intestinal' problems - but a nip now and then is good.
As for the vaccine - A healthy doctor in Orlando died two weeks after getting vaccinated for the virus. The sad/bad thing for everyone - there will be no compensation for the Doc or his family - as vaccine makers are exempt from paying damages. On top of that - the virus has already 'evolved' into a new strain: it's being called the British Covid Virus.
Grocery stores are all full in Chicago. I've noticed the prices have been increasing.
Regarding the vaccine, there is no chance of me taking that, too many risks. I am taking care of a close friend of mine that got COVID and put her on her back for 4 plus months. Damn near killed her. Now she's at home and can barely walk and minimal use of her left arm. She has also lost a lot of hair, apparently, that is a byproduct of the virus? I think this is a virus that we're all going to get at some point or another and 99% of us we'll be just fine. Those with underlining health issues need to be careful and perhaps they are the ones that need that vaccine? Interesting that we're in the flu season and there is no mention of it.
Everybody who doesn't have a specific risk should take it. It's not unlike the question of being in a battlefield with artillery shells landing, a matter of dumb, basic probability. You can stand out in the open and just hope the shells don't land on you, or take shelter and hope that the shelter doesn't collapse. Some of both will happen, but your chances are much, much better in the shelter. Life has only one certainty, death, but how soon you get there is a matter of odds. I'd rather be in the shelter than out in the open...better odds.
Much of this isn't about an individual's safety as much as herd immunity and not passing a disease on to family or friends as well as getting back out in the world. It's not just about you.
Whatever it is we are doing, it is not working... there has been no "flatten the curve" success if you look at the long term charts. In the meant time places like St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the charitable hospital that treats kids with cancer is begging for money, They are not getting donations to meet the costs because too many businesses are suffering including major corps. This is happening to all sorts of charities. People that need treatments and drugs are not getting them because the money has dried up.
I used the first stimulus to support locally owned mamma papa restaurants by buying take out and leaving bigger than normal tips. I am weighing options of donating this last one to half St. Jude and half local charities.
The only thing I know for sure is you can not eliminate COVID at the expense of the economy. People are dying from the chosen path we have taken and it is not working. We need a new approach that allows opening business and get this economy moving again.
So far my area has sufficient if not plentiful supplies. Last spring was different - some stores were nearly cleaned out of everything. I did stock up some last fall. I have about a three weeks supply of food and cleaning items.
I haven't seen any issue here. I little bit of an issue last spring but not right now. Even before the pandemic as a matter of course I'd buy some extra canned and/or dried goods to stock up every time I went shopping just for this reason. I've doubled up on that lately.
No shortage here in Toronto, I live near two large supermarkets they are fully stocked, one even has mango from Columbia! I only buy what I need and avoid shopping on the weekends as the check out are slow. Most of the stores are closed for online orders or pick up only. Restaurants and bars are closed for indoor dinning but can be pick up but liquor and pot stores are still open as the are essential service. The only shortage are some art supplies some of the watercolor paper I usually get are out of stock because are made in Europe.Luckily I brought enough last year so not a worry.
My younger brother is a grocery manager. There are some products that the warehouses simply are out of stock, or there is a limit to how much product a store can order. And there are some companies that produce canned and boxed goods that have slimmed down their product lines to just the basics. There may not be every style of pasta or baked beans being made by the manufacturers right now. But then there are more obscure brands that normally are not at a certain store that are now stocked there simply due to their availability.
Without blaming finger pointing everyone all we can ask is what I can do to stop the spread.
Me personally, I am getting the urge to go back home after long lockdown and at this point other than 14day isolation, testing negative before flight. I do have things to take care.
But I am not going because the chances of me getting infected is higher during travel .
So if everyone can do what we can posibly do , the spread will be reduced though we may not notice.
Ex. I am happy I could still buy Brandy, not the same brand. Lol.
Little humor goes longway in healing and longevity.
There is some sort of window between now and literally days or a week or two from now where the UK strain POSSIBLY wont be on a plane ride.
If that lapses, I'd not get on any plane if I were you till sometime end of summer or later.
adding, we cancelled a family trip to Ireland Sept 2020. We are now trying to figure out after the vaccine period when Ireland will be back open in its entirety for business. We have not picked date to travel yet. But it will be after Sept. 2021.
I haven't had a brandy in a long time. Probably for many years.
I like red wine better now. And most of all I love champagne. There are no problems with food and alcohol yet.
I remember the beginning of the pandemic. Everyone bought toilet paper as if under hypnosis.
We've had a lot of snow. My wife was skiing. I was just walking around and getting some fresh air.
We think we need to get vaccinated against coronavirus.
"@L A Feldstein that leads me to ask; if mask-wearing, hand washing, distancing works at preventing the flu, why doesn't it work for COVID :)"
Aside from sealing yourself in a big tomato can and being autoclaved, nothing is an absolute when it comes to microbes. People get bacterial infections, even in operating rooms in spite of all of their precautions. When it comes to viruses, some transmit easily, some don't. You won't get rabies without direct body fluid contact, but for some like flu, just being in the room or touching an object is enough.
Mask, hand washing, distance, etc work to an extent. They reduce your chances of infection from anything that's around, flu or corona, but not to zero. That's what we live with in this world.
All the guidance is working for most of those those who are respecting that guidance, but the world is full of ones in denial that can infiltrate all the good work done around them. It’s time to get tough with those around you.
My friend's mother went to the doctor for a minor illness that reoccurs now and then. She is in her eighties and got the COVID test as a routine requirement. She tested positive and didn't know she had it.