Store shelves empty before blizzard

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Customers who waited until Monday morning to do their grocery shopping at Carlsons’ Grocery in Marion found themselves faced with limited choices.

Twice in one week, diligent residents stocked up on essentials in preparation for winter storms. Not wanting to be snowed in with empty pantries, they filled up shopping carts and emptied store shelves.

“I have no milk and I have no potatoes,” co-owner Greg Carlson said Monday morning.

The stock on the bread shelves was one package of hot dog buns, two packages of dinner rolls, two packages of bagels (one plain, one blueberry), and three packages of raisin bread. Carlson also noted that his supply of potatoes was empty.

Carlsons’ didn’t miss any food deliveries because of the weather. It was just that there weren’t any scheduled deliveries between the two rushes of demand.

“This has been an unusual couple of runs, with the storms being so close together,” he said. “What went in the last storm we haven’t recouped.”

Some businesses in the county did miss deliveries, though. E & J Retail Liquor, a new liquor store in Peabody, opened Friday partially stocked because a delivery was postponed because of snow.

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