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Grocery Stores Again Limiting Purchases as Pandemic Worsens, Supplies Dwindle

Grocery store shoppers are again stocking up on a number of products as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies — a run that could result in more shortages as the winter months approach.

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in the spring, grocery stores limited the number of products a customer could purchase, as demand for items such as toilet paper and disinfectant wipes quickly outstripped supply.

With cases spiking recently to record highs, shoppers are again beginning to clear store shelves in preparation, industry experts warn.

“We absolutely are starting to see shortages again,” Mike Brackett, founder and CEO of Centricity Incorporated, which analyzes data and trends in the grocery and retail industries, told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

On Monday, Kroger announced it will limit toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectant wipes and hand soap to two per customer, while H-E-B announced purchasing limits in some of its stores on similar items as well as rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, first aid and cleaning gloves, “Good Morning America” reported.

“You have this perfect storm now where America’s supply chains are still recovering from the first wave of panic-buying,” Brackett told “GMA.” “And now you have the largest selling season of the entire year on top of that.”

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