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Local Supermarket Blizzard Rush Comparable to Sandy

Supermarkets get hit hard as blizzard approaches Miller Place-Rocky Point.

As the blizzard approaches the Miller Place-Rocky Point area, local supermarkets Stop and Shop in Miller Place and Waldbaum's in Rocky Point have seen a rush during the week, especially Thursday into Friday.

Thursday evening, Stop and Shop was filled with locals in a rush which customer service manager Michelle Lynch said was comparable to Sandy.

"It's probably about equal," Lynch said. "I think it’s about the same."

The difference, however, seemed to be that people weren't just purchasing the essentials like milk and water, but the normal everyday items as well.

Actually, everyone is buying everything," Lynch said. "I'm seeing frozen stuff, meats, just normal shopping. I guess they’re not too concerned about power outages. I think they’re just trying to make sure they have enough food, snacks and things to keep their kids active if they’re stuck in the house."

Over at Waldbaum's the surge was similar, though store manager Jim Burns didn't thing it was as busy as the Sandy prep just yet on Thursday evening.

"Friday I think will be the busier day, but it’s probably 50 percent busier than a normal Thursday," Burns said. "Sandy was a little crazier, and don’t think we’ll reach that."

On Friday morning, the parking lots were still full as the wintry mix began to fall and the snow made its way in.

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DSmiley15 February 08, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Not sure why there is always this rush to the grocery stores every time a storm hits. Do people not have enough food to get them through 1 or 2 days?? If you are concerned about your power going out, why in the world would you stock up your fridge and/or freezer so it can all spoil? The storm will be well past us by Saturday afternoon and then I'm sure everyone can go back out to their usual shopping all-day routine.
RPchick February 09, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Seeing what I did last night at Waldbaum's proves it all. 10 boxes of macaroni and cheese, 4 loaves of bread and more chips and salsa than a Mexican restaurant...these people wonder why they're overweight and have health problems. Why not get off your behinds and shovel, read a book or maybe do some exercise as a family? Nope. They feel they have to eat their way through the storm instead.
Justin Time February 09, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Those are the same ones that go to the gym and brag about it, but can't pick a snow shovel or leaf rake to keep in shape..hane another bag of chips chubbies!
RPchick February 09, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Apparently they'd are also the ones who are bitching no one was there to plow their streets. So much whining yet they do nothing about any of it. So much fear and complaining in these people yet they let their local and federal government tell them what to do and the they cry about it.

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