Long lines of cautious customers left several shelves at a Safeway in Bowie barren on Friday, as snow began settling on the region.
The usual panic purchases of milk, eggs and toilet paper were hit the hardest, said Craig M. Muckle, public affairs manager of Safeway’s Eastern Division.
But, Muckle said, more stock should be on the way. Trucks are scheduled to make more deliveries to stores overnight into Saturday morning, so long as roads are safe.
The only item that may remain out of stock is bread, which is shipped to stores from an external vendor, he said.
Muckle credited long-term weather forecasts with allowing his store managers the time needed to order extra shipments of food and supplies. Leading up to a snow storm, Safeway will sell as much as three times its normal percentage of stock, he said.
Since this weekend is also Super Bowl weekend, customers have also been stocking up on party and snack foods in anticipation of Sunday’s big game.
Landover resident Michelle Peters left the Fairview Parkway Safeway in Bowie with an overflowing grocery cart.
“We’re mostly covering junk food,” Peters said. “We’re only having a few friends over, but some of them are bottomless pits.”
-By Maryland Newsline’s Ben Giles
|Kyle Johnson rings up a grocery cart full of goods for Landover resident Michelle Peters,
left, at the Fairview Parkway Safeway in Bowie.
(Photo by Maryland Newsline’s Ben Giles)