If you’re shopping for Thanksgiving, be flexible

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Jacyn Abbott

Widespread shipping delays across the U.S. means some areas of the country are running low on certain products. That could spell last-minute changes to your holiday menus.

As the battle against COVID-19 continues, some consumers say they’re worried about potential shortages on certain items.

Priesella Spencer, who was shopping at Piggly Wiggly in Alberta Tuesday, said she’s already seen bare shelves around town.

“As far as I’m concerned it seems like (food shortages are) already here,” Spender said. “Every store I go to, the shelves are empty. Especially things like soap, snacks and stuff like that.”

It’s sights like empty shelves that may tempt consumers toward stocking up on items for fear of running out of food, but there is indeed still plenty. Getting it from distribution centers to grocery stores is the issue, so while items shipped across the country might be hard to find locally, there’s no widespread shortage affecting products as a whole.

Piggly Wiggly owner Jay Welborn said he can’t predict which products will be in short supply. He said he’s heard of a potential cream cheese shortage, but as of Nov. 8, he’s still getting every bit of cream cheese he orders.

Welborn said he encourages shoppers to buy locally and don’t buy more than what you need.

“Wherever you choose to shop, understand that we are doing our best to make the products available and have people here to take care of customers and get them checked out as quickly as we can,” said Welborn.

Be flexible if you’re having trouble finding what you need, Welborn said. If turkey’s out of stock, consider chicken, ham or lamb.

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