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Store shelves wiped out in response to coronavirus

By Jackson Long | Mar 17, 2020
Photo by: Jackson Long Bath tissue aisle at the Camden Hannaford.

Stores across Knox County are having a difficult time keeping toilet paper and other supplies in stock in the wake of the coronavirus.

Many local stores are packed with people as they try to stock up on essentials. The increase in people buying toilet paper and other items such as hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes have caused shelves to be left empty.

A Thomaston Walmart employee stated that they had sold six pallets of toilet paper in one hour. Stores like Staples and Hannaford are also facing the same problem.

Laundry detergent is another popular item. Shelves in the detergent aisle at Walmart are sparse.

Food items such as flour and sugar have also been cleaned off the shelves at the Camden Hannaford. At the Thomaston Walmart, bread is in demand as customers buy up what is on shelves.

The Camden Hannaford has placed signs limiting customers to only two toilet paper packages per customer. Staples in Rockland has placed a similar limitation on items such as bottled water, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper.


Sign limiting amount of toilet paper per customer. (Photo by: Jackson Long)
Empty bread aisle at the Thomaston Walmart. (Photo by: Jackson Long)
Empty detergent aisle at Walmart in Thomaston. (Photo by: Jackson Long)
Empty bath tissue aisle at Rockland Staples. (Photo by: Jackson Long)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Mar 16, 2020 16:10

These stores are acting irresponsibly by stocking shelves for panic buying. The items should be doled out at the check-out lines to prevent hogging the merchandise, a lot of which is being re-sold by customers at much higher prices.

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