Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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March 1, 2014

Retailers ready for another winter storm

EFFINGHAM — Wal-Mart Store Manager Bob Lakin has a case of deja vu.

Like the Saturday before extreme the weather on Jan. 5, the store has been inundated with storm preppers who are snatching up the standard items: bread, eggs and milk.

“Its happening again,” said Lakin. “We are selling a lot of everything.”

According to Lakin, the store has ordered extra supplies, which customers have been purchasing for the last several days

“Sales on bread, milk, eggs and juice have been up drastically for the last few days,” said Lakin.

While there was hardly a loaf of bread or gallon of milk in the city of Effingham the day before the polar vortex struck, Wal-Mart is making sure their customers won't go without.

“Its kind of a roll of the dice,” said Lakin. “We bought extra, but if the weather doesn’t come, we might have some milk and bread go out (of date).”

Similarly, Martin's IGA has seen a high volume of sales for several days.

“Customers are bracing for the next wave,” said Martin's IGA Store Manager Don Bushue. “Its been just as hectic as the last time, but we have had a little extra time to plan for it.”

Bushue said he believes the several-day influx of customers is due to the fact that many are thinking ahead because of this historically nasty winter.

“Our employees have been extremely helpful getting ready for this,” said Bushue. “We couldn’t do it without them.”

At Rural King, supplies have been flying off the shelves. Because of the storm's proximity to Spring, the store is completely out of salt - with no additional supplies coming.

“We have sold out of so many supplies,” said Assistant Store Manager Cathy Ensminger.

Items related to inclement weather, like snow shovels, lamp and wick oil, animal feed, de-icer and diesel treatment are either sold out or running low.

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