Panic buying has made a comeback as coronavirus cases rise and tighter lockdown restrictions have been imposed.
In Coventry and Warwickshire there is evidence of shoppers stripping shelves in fear they won’t be able to get their hands on good in the event of a full lockdown.
Online shopping slots have also been snapped up quickly in what appears a repeat of the panic seen as the virus took hold in spring.
Supermarkets have been quick to reassure customers and pleaded with them not to over buy. S ome in Coventry have already begun to impose limits on the number of items shoppers can put in their trolley.
Here’s what the major stores have said reports BirminghamLive.
Tesco is Britain’s biggest grocer with stores across Coventry and Warwickshire.
The supermarket chain confirmed: “To make sure more people have access to everyday essentials, we’ve introduced a limit of 95 items per online order.
“As our stock levels are returning to normal, we’ve removed the purchasing limits on all products in our stores, except for face coverings, which has a limit of three units.
“There’ll also still be a limit of three units on online orders of face coverings, antibacterial handwash, antibacterial wipes, flour, and eggs.
“We continue to encourage customers to buy only what they need, to help make sure there’s enough for everyone.”
Lidl is a bargain supermarket and seen as a rival of Aldi, just outside the traditional ‘Big Four’ supermarkets in the country.
It tells customers: “Our stores are being replenished every day. That item you want to buy ‘just in case’, might be essential for someone more vulnerable who can’t visit the store multiple times.”
Aldi’s CEO Giles Hurley said: “I would like to reassure you that our stores remain fully stocked and ask that you continue to shop considerately.
“There is no need to buy more than you usually would. We have remained open for our customers throughout the pandemic and will continue to have daily deliveries, often multiple times a day, across all of our products.
“We also know many of our customers still need additional support. To those vulnerable customers, please rest assured that the measures we introduced to give you safe access to affordable food, such as early opening times from Monday to Saturday will continue.”
Asda says: “To ensure there is enough for everyone, we will occasionally place purchase limits on certain products that are in high demand.
“Please shop responsibly so there’s enough to go round. You can help by only amending your order once and only if urgent. We have plenty of stock coming in but we need to manage demand so we can serve everyone.”
Morrisons’ says: “Whilst customers are stocking up, our colleagues are working around the clock to fill our stores with what you need, to serve our customers and communities and take care of one another when we need each other most.
“We want to let you know that looking after our customers and colleagues is our priority at Morrisons, ensuring we all have a clean, safe place to shop and work.
“We are working hard to fill our shops and online stores.”
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