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Shoppers flood local grocery stores ahead of winter storm

As the winter storm approaches, shoppers flooded grocery stores Saturday to try and stock up for the winter storm.

Posted: Jan. 19, 2019 6:36 PM
Updated: Jan. 23, 2019 12:05 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- As the winter storm approaches, shoppers flooded grocery stores Saturday to try and stock up for the winter storm.

Big grocery store chains like Price Chopper have reported items flying off the shelves faster than they could restock them.

Officials with Price Chopper say that Governor Andrew Cuomo's tractor-trailer ban is making it very difficult to restock their shelves.

Chanatry's, a local grocery store, reports that they had an easier day.

"Today everyone is happy, we are thankful to have so many local vendors to restock us overnight. Where a big chain store where they can't do that but we are able to do that and it's been a pretty good day for us" said owner Mark Chanatry.

The most popular items this weekend were water and various food items. While most were picking up the essentials, some were buying items to help them enjoy the storm. Many carts had Utica's famous tomato pie and ice cream.

"Get out before the storm hits, then just sit back and relax in our huggies, watch a little TV and read whatever. So I can relax, I'm not worrying about it this weekend" said Boilermaker Race Director Jim Stasaitis.

City officials are recommending that people stay off the roads, and let the plow crews do their job.

NewsChannel 2 will have full team coverage of the winter storm throughout the weekend.

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