Local stores selling out of items as coronavirus concerns grow


CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) – As concerns rise over COVID-19 spreading in Virginia, grocery stores throughout the Central Virginia area are selling out of items such as toilet paper, water and hand sanitizer.

Shoppers like Basil Jones came out of fear of virus spreading and stocked on much-needed household items.

“I’m basically paranoid,” Jones said. “It’s a little nerve-wracking mainly because you have children and other people you care for like your children, husband, and family so it’s nerve-wracking.”

At a Walgreens in the Chesterfield area, a sign read that the store is limiting items like masks and hand sanitizers to four a customer. One shopper, Jenny Butler, said the empty aisles are overwhelming.

“I think it’s just panic for a lot of people and it makes them feel comfortable that if it does get out of hand that they got an essential at home,” Butler said.

Many shoppers noticed the demand is outweighing the supply, and some stores are not revealing any plans of restocking in order to control rushes of customers from depleting the shelves.

We asked 8News viewers to send in photos of how their local store shelves are faring amid the rush to buy supplies as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Take a look:

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