Grocery stores prepare to restock food as soon as possible

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Many of the shelves are bare at local grocery stores.

Customers tried to stock up on as much as they could before the latest round of winter weather hit.

FOX13 asked a spokeswoman with Kroger when they expect to get more supplies in.

Wednesday, she said they are fortunate to have a Kroger Distribution Center in Memphis to help Mid-South stores re-stock as soon as possible.

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Kroger isn’t the only company having this problem. A spokesperson for Walmart said the home office activated the Emergency Operations Center which helps align support plans.

One shopper described the stores as a madhouse.

“It was people everywhere,” said Olive Branch resident Chris Berry. “The shelves are clean. Even at Walmart. I took a trip to Walmart, Walmart is completely clean. People out shopping and I don’t know if they restocking from yesterday. I know yesterday was completely dry.”

Walmart staff said they’re staying connected with their operators in the field to ensure they’re tracking the appropriate items and keeping track of shipments.

Right now, retailers are just asking for your patience.

Keep in mind, Kroger is closing its stores at 6 p.m across the Mid-South.

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Here’s Walmart’s full statement:

“We are tracking the winter weather across the country in real-time and have activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Walmart Home Office to support our associates in the field. In the EOC, we work directly with logistics, store operations and other teams within the business to align our support plans. Our priority is, and continues to be, the safety of our associates and customers — taking care of them and their families,” said Casey Staheli, a Senior Manager of National Media Relations.

“We’re staying closely connected to our operators in the field to help ensure we’re stocking the appropriate items and keeping track of shipments to deliver for our customers. We have emergency support teams dedicated to helping our stores during critical events and our Merchandising, Replenishment, Supply Chain and Logistics teams are working to have critical supplies and products in store as quickly as possible.”

Here’s a full statement from Kroger:

“Out of an abundance of caution for our associates and customers, all Mid-South Kroger Stores will be closing today and tomorrow at 6 p.m.,” Kroger spokesperson Teresa Dickerson said. “Currently, all Kroger Stores in the Mid-South are open for business until 6 p.m. The weather has prevented many of our vendors from providing certain products for our stores. However, we are fortunate to have a Kroger Distribution Center in Memphis to help our Mid-South Stores restock as soon as possible. We are asking customers to be patient with us as we navigate inclement weather in our area.”