Stores Working To Restock After Blizzard Stalls Supplies

Wednesday, February 2nd 2011, 1:38 pm
By: News 9

Adrianna Iwasinski, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The blizzard has brought local suppliers to a standstill. Treacherous road conditions have halted or slowed operations for many of the trucking companies that help get food on the shelves.

"We haven't been running supplies for the past two days," said Kirk Purnell, General Manager at Ben E. Keith's Foods. "We hope to get out tomorrow."

Ben E. Keith's Foods is the supplier of food to restaurants, convenience stores, schools, hospitals and nursing homes.

"I've been in food service 25 years," said Jon Birdwell, Assistant Operations Manager at the wholesale distributor. "I've never seen us shut down for two days straight."

Birdwell said many of the metro's nursing homes and hospitals prepared for the blizzard by getting extra food supplies last Friday. Since many area restaurants and schools are closed, it has not affected their operations.

Associated Wholesale Grocers, who supplies food to some of the local grocery stores, has also been affected by the blizzard.

"We're just having a tough time getting our trucks in and out and not stuck on the roads," said Linda Warner with Associated Wholesale Grocers.

The Buy For Less at Northwest Expressway and Portland Avenue had plenty of food stocked up on their shelves, including full cases of dairy, meat and produce.

"We are a little low on eggs, we are a little low on bread, but we have enough to get us through," said Dewayne Porter, store manager. "But we started preparing for this storm last week."

Porter said they are expecting their supply truck to come in Thursday.

"We can make it to Friday," said Porter. "If we don't get supplies in by then, we might have an issue, especially since the Super Bowl is this Sunday. That's the biggest party day of the year."

The Crest store in Edmond reports their supplies are also strong.