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Workers struggle to keep store shelves stocked amid pandemic

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Posted at 10:30 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 22:30:26-04

INDIANAPOLIS — It has been a real struggle for supermarket workers to keep their store shelves stocked amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.

It seems as soon as the shipment is put out on the floor, shoppers have cleared the shelves minutes later. RTV6 visited grocery stores on Tuesday to see how managers are keeping up with the demand.

Meijer got a shipment of goods Tuesday morning but because of the COVID-19 pandemic and rush on stores, nothing seems to stay stocked up.

"There's nothing in there so I don't necessarily know what to do," Icin Hinton, a grocery shopper, said.

RTV6 asked what was on her list and whether she found any of the items she was looking for.

"Toilet paper, but there wasn't any," Hinton said. "And eggs, but there wasn't any. And ground beef but there wasn't any."

Like many others, she's having to make due with whatever is left behind in stores.

"I just kind of got some stuff that I could feed my son for lunch since he's home," Hinton said. "I don't know what we are going to do."

Some stores have started limiting hours just to give themselves more time to get ready for customers before opening their doors.

Joyce Stratton works at a convenience store and came across to Meijer to grab gloves and more sanitizer wipes.

"We're just trying to keep everything clean over there," Stratton said. "Gas is seen as an essential. We've got to keep it up and running in case people have places they need to be in order to get their own supplies."

Stratton also said convenience stores also are working to stay stocked up on supplies.

"We do have toilet paper but that sold out pretty quick," Stratton said.