Shoppers clear out grocery stores before storm

Stores are especially running low with Super Bowl Sunday this week as well

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s quiet now, but the Big Y in West Springfield was packed with shoppers rushing to get some last minute items, just in case they can’t make it out of the house over the next couple of days.

Food was flying off the shelves. Big Y assistant manager Mike Messer told 22News he ordered extra water and non-perishable items in preparation for the storm.

The store closed at 9, an hour earlier than normal because of the weather, but by closing time, Big Y was completely sold out of all their gallon jugs of water and a lot of other non-food items.

Messer said, “Because of the severity of the storm, people are buying other things because they’re worried about power outages. They’re buying batteries, lanterns and propane, rock salt and a lot of non-food items as well.”

Messer said this is a particularly tough time for the supermarket with the Super Bowl six days away. He said because of this storm, they’ve been wiped out of so many items, they’re going to have to place another bulk rush order just to make sure they have enough food for Super Bowl Sunday.

Although many businesses will be closed Tuesday, Big Y said it plans to open at 7AM in case of any emergencies.

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