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Grocery stores restock after residents stock up on milk, bread

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville area grocery stores are mostly quiet places today, a far cry from what they were during the weekend, especially on Saturday.

Many workers spent the day restocking store shelves after a hectic weekend when customers descended upon their stores in droves.

A lot of Louisville area shoppers felt they needed to stock up on supplies ahead of the sub-zero temperatures headed for the region.

"We were really, really busy," said John Bizzell, the manager at the Valu Market in the Mid City Mall. "A lot of people were worried about being stuck in their house for a day or two."

So bread, milk, soup and chili supplies and other products disappeared quickly from store shelves.

When grocery stores hear about an approaching winter storm, they order extra products from their suppliers.

But, as Bizzell says, timing is everything.

"When it falls on the weekend and bakeries are closed, you run out of bread," he said.

Bizzell hopes to have all of his store shelves filled again as quickly as possible.

"Most likely later today or definitely by morning they will be full," he said. "We have some trucks that can't get out from Indianapolis because of the heavy snowfall up there."

The story is mostly the same at Kroger's thirty stores in the Louisville area.

"I think by tomorrow we will be in really good shape," says Kroger's public affairs director in Louisville, Tim McGurk. "We are catching up quickly. We have a few empty shelves, here and there, on some categories that were hit hard. Bottled water, for example. We are still catching up on that."

Any Saturday is normally a busy shopping day, but this past one was off the charts.

"Sales on Saturday equaled those pre-Christmas sales days, and pre-Thanksgiving sales days. It is the most business our stores could probably handle." said McGurk.

He says Kroger added staff and some employees came in on their day off.

While the temperature outside is way down, sales for the week were way up.

"Last week, sales far exceeded our budgets," added McGurk. "But if people bought a ton last week it probably means sales for this week will be a little slower than usual."

Unless, of course, another winter storm is on the way.

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