Food City President and CEO Steve Smith said Tuesday that panic buying is “the leading contributor” to shortages at its stores.
Smith, in an online news conference to give a COVID-19 update, stressed that customers should not hoard items but should buy only what they need for the coming week and give the supply chain time to catch up with demand.
Smith noted Food City has hired 76 new associates at its distribution center and shifted more than 140 employees to that facility over the last few days
Store hours have been changed to 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to give associates time to sanitize and restock stores.
Seniors 65 years or older are encouraged to shop during the 7 a.m. hour.