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The shelves at the Co-op food store to be restocked

The Co-op Food Store in Vanderhoof will see increased food supply thanks to another truck coming in from Edmonton.

Items such as toilet paper, juice boxes, flour, sugar, and rice have been scarce the last few days after getting snapped up by panic buyers.

Four Rivers Co-op General Manager Allan Bieganski told after Thursday’s shipment, another truck will follow shortly after.

“And then the next truck is Saturday so we are doing our best to bump up those orders with increased volume. We are doing not bad but we will admit there are different sections that are empty because they have been hit hard the last couple of days.”

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Bieganski adds balancing staffing levels has been a juggling act, to say the least.

“We have adjusted schedules from cashiers to stock clerks, to managers, to have as many people available to accommodate the increased demand.”

He added it’s human nature for people to look after what they need to provide for their families in this very stressful time.

“I guess we are a little bit surprised by the panic buying and the hoarding because we are supplied from Edmonton but we do understand the thought if we were supplied by the Lower Mainland that some people would rush to buy their food supplies.”

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