Blount County stores rushing to restock supplies ahead of winter storm

Parking lots in Blount County were packed Wednesday, and so were the aisles at stores.

MARYVILLE (WATE) – How ready are you for this next round of snow about to sweep through East Tennessee? Chances are you’ve stocked up on what you can, including the staples like bread and milk, and maybe a snow shovel.

Parking lots in Blount County were packed Wednesday, and so were the aisles at stores. Most employees said they’re getting deliveries every single day to keep up with the snow and ice.

Mary Massaro was on a search of sorts at Lowe’s.

“We have a very very long driveway, and it goes downhill, and I’m getting tired of shoveling it. I wanted to take the easy way out,” she said.

Ice melt was nowhere to found at Lowe's in Alcoa.
Ice melt was nowhere to found at Lowe’s in Alcoa.

The “easy way” means ice melt, but when she looked for it, it was nowhere to be found.

“I saw an empty pallet but you know, hey, I can still shovel,” she said.

Winter weather supplies like shovels, generators and batteries have been flying off the shelves at Lowe’s in Alcoa.

“Yesterday, we got a shipment of ice melt in and within a few hours the ice melt had already sold out,” said Assistant Store Manager Landon Manuel.

Lowe’s is working as a network to make sure items like that aren’t sold out for long.

At Food City in Maryville, the shelves didn't look very bare Wednesday. There was plenty of bread, milk and eggs.
At Food City in Maryville, the shelves didn’t look very bare Wednesday. There was plenty of bread, milk and eggs.

“Some of the stores, if they get a shipment in, they might get several pallets in and some of the other stores have none on hand. So they’ll send our delivery team out to pick it up and bring it back to our store. Just so we can kind of spread the quantity of ice melt out,” added Manuel.

At Food City in Maryville, the shelves didn’t look very bare Wednesday. There was plenty of bread, milk and eggs.

“We try and stay ahead of everything, getting everything in early, getting everything well stocked and good to go,” said District Manager Randy Williams.

Stocking up was exactly what the Simon family was doing, all for one reason.

“I’ve got four lovely ladies and I don’t want to drive in the snow and the ice or anything like that,” said Cecee Simon.

The American Red Cross suggests when stocking up supplies like food or water, to get enough to last at least three days.

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