The word of a winter storm means a blizzard of activity at grocery stores across KELOLAND. Shoppers don't want to be caught off guard.
"You've got to have all your essentials, you know. Your bread, your milk, your cheese; maybe a gallon of water or something," Zach Lewallen said.
Lewallen added some items to his grocery list knowing the weather will likely take a nasty turn in the coming days. It also means extra work for employees.
"Most of our people understand when those things come along, just like a holiday, it is an opportunity for them to work a few extra hours and get a little bit larger paycheck," Bob Trader of Hy-Vee said.
One thing you won't have to worry about during a storm is your local store running out of the staple items. That's because they too stock up.
"The good thing this time around is that we've had plenty of notice. We've ramped up our inventories in our store so we're ready for the rush of people who are coming. We got the product we'd normally sell Sunday or Monday in here for our Friday and Saturday business," Trader said.
That is essential because Trader says stores can see business double in the days leading up to a storm. Then it drops down and balances out following the bad weather. But for now, shoppers are hoping to have all they need to get through it.
"Yeah, my hope is I'll be ready for it and the old truck will still get me from point A to B when I head out," Lewallen said.
Besides the obvious essentials, Trader also says certain other items increase in sales ahead of a storm. That's because people like to use their ovens and if they're snowed in, they'll prepare a more labor-intensive meal.
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