Reporter Evelyn O’Rourke was live outside Supervalu in Balally on this morning’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, giving listeners a glimpse into the frenzied food-buying in action ahead of the arrival of Storm Emma. She told Sean that the store is “confident” they can meet customer demand after shortages yesterday.
“They ran out of bread here yesterday afternoon by 3 o’clock. So, they’ve doubled their orders.”
Reassuring listeners that the shelves are now “replenished” once more, Evelyn reported that the shop was doing a brisk trade and only getting busier. It’s expected it’s much the same in shops across the country. The store’s manager, Cian O’Brien, says that bread, milk and fuel are the hot-ticket items.
“It was bedlam yesterday. With everybody stocking up, just to be on the safe side. Everybody’s in the same boat.”
With shoppers “preparing for the worst”, Cian is hot on the heels of delivery drivers who are working harder than ever to replace stock.
“Since 3 o’clock yesterday we’ve had our drivers’ heads melted to get more bread in...Expensive, cheap, everybody’s just stocking up on whatever they can at this stage.“
Listen back to the full segment on Storm Emma here.
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