“It’s worse than Katrina … ten times worse.”
Barry Majoria of Majoria’s Supermarket didn’t mince words this week when he described the scene at his supermarket.
“There’s been a crazy amount of business,” he said. “We can’t keep up and the shelves are bare.”
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Majoria said shipments of food and product coming into the store are getting delayed, and what he is getting in is selling extremely fast. As of now, he says the store will continue with normal hours and operations.
It’s normal hours for now for Frank’s Supermarket as well, owner Tara Guidry said. She said at her Des Allemands store the crowds have been heavier than normal and that toilet paper, paper towels, water and cleaning supplies have become impossible to keep in stop.
David Matherne, owner of River Road Market in Destrehan, said business at his store has been non-stop.
“We’re just trying to keep up with the demand,” he said, adding that the store is still receiving regular shipments, but some items will be nearly impossible to get in because of nation-wide shortages.
“You definitely notice a little panic in people,” Matherne said, “But not what you’re seeing on social media.”
He said normal hours for the store will resume.
“Everyone is staying friendly and upbeat,” Matherne said of his employees and customers. “Everyone seems to be trying to make the best of the situation.”