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Coastal Bend residents look to restock refrigerators and pantries

Grocery stores dealing with disruption of meat supply
Posted at 5:38 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 20:11:50-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Now that the big freeze is over, local grocers are working to restock their shelves.

The freeze forced travel plans to be adjusted, which led to deliveries being altered as well, which ultimately led to shortages on store shelves.

The Island market on The Island has only been open for business a month and a week. Store manager Tammy Smith says the freeze kind of caught them off guard.

"It didn't get as bad as it could have been with the exception of having no milk. No water. No produce for an entire day."

Smith is thankful for suppliers like CC Produce, who made a special delivery to the Island Market. She says that their shelves should be stocked back to normal by Monday afternoon.

H-E-B announced this afternoon they're returning to normal business hours. Some stores will open as early as 5:30 a.m., but all will close at either 10 or 11 in the evening.

Due to last week's freeze really limiting their truck travel, they've placed limitations on the purchase of certain items like milk, bread, water, meats.

HEB Spokesperson Regina Garcia told us the safety of their drivers and employees was of paramount concern.

"Once the sun came out in that area, then we were definitely able to move forward. So last week, on that Friday, we had over 1,500 trailers in operation," said Garcia.

At the Corpus Christi Egg company, owner Mike Cook says his deliveries are still off-schedule.

They won't have eggs till Tuesday, but they've been able to maintain their normal 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. business hours, and business has been good since other grocers either lost power or were out of what shoppers wanted.