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Grocers Struggle to Supply Demand

Grocery stores throughout the gulf coast are having a challenging time keeping up with demand. The demand on Houston grocery stores started to increase with Hurricane Katrina evacuees moving temporarily and in some cases permanently to the area. Hurricane Rita kept the pressure on with residents stocking and then re-stocking their refrigerators and pantry shelves. […]

Grocery stores throughout the gulf coast are having a challenging time keeping up with demand.

The demand on Houston grocery stores started to increase with Hurricane Katrina evacuees moving temporarily and in some cases permanently to the area. Hurricane Rita kept the pressure on with residents stocking and then re-stocking their refrigerators and pantry shelves.

Reagan says shoppers should resist the temptation to over-stock. Periodically diminished supplies should be temporary.

H-E-B Spokesperson Holly Montalbano says in addition to the demand, some stores that lost power had to throw-out products that went bad. Grocery stores in the best of times operate under tight profit – loss margins. Montalbano says it’s too early to tell what the hurricanes economic impact will be.

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