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Shoppers say they can’t find certain items in grocery stores

Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 7:09 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Since the pandemic began, shoppers say it’s been hard to find certain items in the grocery and other department stores.

WIS went out to find out what type of items have been hard to find on local shelves.

Those items include:

  • Gatorade
  • Heinz Mushroom Brown Gravy
  • Jimmy Dean breakfast products
  • Bottled water
  • Chicken
  • Cat food
  • Cat litter
  • Capri Suns
  • Lunchables
  • Claxton Farm whole chicken
  • Corn dogs
  • Juice boxes
  • Zero sugar sodas
  • Milo tea

Shoppers say they also can’t find things like shampoo, aluminum foil, or bottled water.

The Piggly Wiggly on Devine Street said the problem is there will be one thing the company can’t find, such as materials for packaging or ink to print labels, and that creates a temporary shortage.

The grocery store says that before the pandemic they could get 95% of what they needed, but now it’s down to 65%. They say they’re happy despite the shortage because at least they still have food and drinks to sell.

Truck drivers say they have not seen a decrease in their freight due to the pandemic.

One truck driver said his freight has actually increased with home building supplies, which he believes is good for his business.

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