The Financial Post reports in its Friday, Nov. 19, edition that provincial authorities in British Columbia and retail industry leaders have tried to talk down a wave of panic buying in stores in the province since Tuesday, amid fears that washed out roads and rail lines could result in temporary shortages.
The Post's Jake Edmiston writes that Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones said on Thursday, "We understand that these are very uncertain times, and stressful times, and are asking our customers to maintain normal shopping habits." Empire, which operates 81 supermarkets across the province, on Thursday said it had been able to send delivery trucks to all its stores in the affected regions.
Empire spokesman Jacquelin Weatherbee said, "Within the next 24 to 48 hours, we will start to see more shipments arrive at our stores in the impacted areas." Shoppers did "stock up" on non-perishables and toilet paper, she said, but can expect stocks to start improving by the weekend.
She said: "It will take some time for us to get back to normal levels. Our teams are working around the clock to make this happen."
Dairy farmers in the region have had to dump million of litres of milk because stranded production.
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