Last-Minute Shoppers Swarm Supermarkets Before Snowfall

March 5, 2013

Last-minute shoppers flooded supermarkets Tuesday to stock up on some items before the wintry weather hit the area.

Overall, it seems stores were ready for the rush. Parking lots were packed at both Kroger and Harris Teeter at Barracks Road Shopping Center. Although there were several more shoppers than the average Tuesday, shelves were still filled with all the essentials.

Giants on Pantops was another store seeing an influx of shoppers. The store manager says people were stopping in as early as Monday to load up on food in anticipation of the snow.

"I don't drive in it, so I figured I had to get my things last minute because after it snows, that's it for me," said shopper Sylvia Reich.

Reich was one of a steady stream of people in and out of Reid Super Save Market in Charlottesville filling their carts with everything from essentials like milk and bread to other popular items like beer and cigarettes.

Ivy resident Hattie Price was in search of some of her favorite comfort foods to keep her company in the snowstorm.

"You know what they say about comfort food -- the more miserable you are about the weather or whatever, you gotta have something good to eat," said Price. "I went out and got the chitterlings and I got pot pies and pig ears."

But people weren't just buying food. Others lined up to grab a movie to go to keep them entertained while indoors. Others were focused on how to dig themselves out of whatever snow was coming their way.

"We've been on a hunt for a shovel today," said Charlottesville resident Carolyn Pinkerton. "We went to Kmart and we went to Martin's and when we heard to forecast of at least 8 inches, it went up from earlier, we knew we finally needed to get a shovel."

But the frenzy didn't faze some people. Charlottesville resident Ryan Martin says he's prepared to take on the roads.

"I'm not concerned about it. I have a 4-wheel drive truck. I go anywhere," said Martin. "I went through the big snow storm a couple of years ago and drove all the way to West Virginia to ski in it. It doesn't stop me."

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