Grocery Stores Filling Last Empty Shelves Following Winter Storm (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw - NBC33

January 10, 2014 Updated Jan 10, 2014 at 6:08 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NBC33) - It has taken a few days, but groceries around the state are finally restocking the last of their empty store shelves.

Like everybody, travel advisories in surrounding counties have made it next to impossible for trucks carrying fresh produce to get back on the roads. The result is a major back-up of shipments.

As of Friday however, grocery store managers are saying they are at or close to 100% of their inventory. According to Greg Ferran, store manager of the Apple Glen Crossing Walmart, preparation was key.

"We were on the front side, we worked very well with a lot of our vendor partners and let them know that we would need some additional supplies. Everybody came through with flying colors for us. Obviously we were very, very busy. Customers were making it out and pretty much emptying the shelves, but due to our replenishment process we were able to fill them up pretty quickly as soon as they were empty."

If you were to ask Richard Van Horn, store director of the Covington Kroger Marketplace, he points to the customers themselves.

"We don't always have the items they want, but they are able to improvise and maybe buy a different brand or a different product and change their meal. So actually what we saw from our customers were they really were understanding and very cordial in our stores. And they understood what was going on, so they worked through it and we worked through it and we're back to normal as we speak."

Both stores say their final shipments should be arriving Friday night with any remaining products they would need for their store shelves to be fully stocked.




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