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Watch Out, Pandemic Hoarders: These Grocery Stores Are Already Setting Item Limits

Gabrielle Olya
·2 min read
A view of empty shelves at a department store during the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020.
A view of empty shelves at a department store during the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020.

A recent survey from Inmar Intelligence found that roughly 57% of shoppers are now “considering replenishing their stockpile of goods originally created at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic” in light of rising cases and a potential second wave of the coronavirus. Some stores are already seeing items like toilet paper and disinfectant wipes flying off shelves.

“We absolutely are starting to see shortages again,” Mike Brackett, founder and CEO of Centricity Incorporated, told “Good Morning America.” But grocery stores are now taking preemptive action to prevent panicked hoarding and help ensure that store shelves remain stocked with high-demand items.

If you want to stock up on supplies, be aware that these grocery stores have placed limits on how much you can buy.

Last updated: Nov. 10, 2020

COLUMBUS, OH/USA - OCTOBER 21, 2017: Kroger grocery store exterior and logo.
COLUMBUS, OH/USA - OCTOBER 21, 2017: Kroger grocery store exterior and logo.

Kroger

Kroger is limiting purchases of toilet paper, paper towels, disinfecting wipes and hand soap to two per customer, “Good Morning America” reported.

H-E-B Plus supermarket chain
H-E-B Plus supermarket chain

H-E-B

H-E-B is limiting purchases of disinfecting and antibacterial sprays, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol and rubbing alcohol swabs, first aid and cleaning gloves, and trial- and travel-size disinfectant wipes and sprays to two per customer; and standard-size disinfecting and antibacterial wipes to four per customer. Interestingly, there is also a limit of two briskets per customer.

Charleston, South Carolina, USA - February 27, 2020: Exterior view of one Publix Super Markets.
Charleston, South Carolina, USA - February 27, 2020: Exterior view of one Publix Super Markets.

Publix

Publix has placed customer purchase limits on paper towels and toilet paper, Fox Business reported.

Harris Teeter store
Harris Teeter store

Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter has placed customer limits on certain cleaning supplies, Fox Business reported.

Woman pushing supermarket cart during COVID-19.
Woman pushing supermarket cart during COVID-19.

More Limits Could Be Coming

These limits might just be the tip of the iceberg — if supply chains can’t keep up with demand, there may be more coming.

“We’ll continue to monitor the situation, and if we see a need, we may re-introduce limits to other items,” a Harris Teeter spokesperson told Fox Business.

Still, experts are advising against panic buying, and instead, recommend stocking up on a reasonable amount of nonperishables and frozen items.

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