Local stores impacted by storms
By Howell Dennis
CROWLEY – Local stores are struggling to restock their shelves after Hurricanes Ike and Gustav had customers loading up on supplies. Many of the shelves are
empty of several items from canned goods to fresh vegetables.
Store managers basically have their hands tied as their distribution centers have become backed up with orders since both hurricanes hit.
“Our warehouse, Associated Foods, is located in Baton Rouge and they have been playing catch up ever since Gustav,” said Charles Broussard, manager of LaGrange’s Food Mart on Eastern St. in south Crowley. “They have over 200 stores that they’re responsible for and they are getting items out to their stores bit by bit. It’s not really any specific products, but the logistics of the whole thing are making it very difficult on them. After all they didn’t have power for two days.”
Ironically, Superfoods, located on 2nd St, has their distribution center located in another city which was struck by a different hurricane just this past weekend.
“We get our supplies out of Houston which was just hit by Ike,” said Billy Boulet, Superfood’s manager. “They have several stores in their area that they need to supply as well as us so they have their hands full. They have been keeping in touch with us and we’re hoping to get some trucks in by Tuesday.”
Both stores, while low on some items, remain open (LaGrange’s actually stayed open during Gustav) and their customers for the most part have been understanding about any shortages they may have.
“They still have the basic necessities we need,” said Billy Romero as he loaded his car outside of LaGrange’s.
“And they never ran out of beer,” he smiled.