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Empty sections of shelves greet shoppers in Kingman

Area grocery stores have been busy as residents stock up on essentials. (Photo by Beau Bearden/Kingman Miner)

Area grocery stores have been busy as residents stock up on essentials. (Photo by Beau Bearden/Kingman Miner)

KINGMAN – It’s not surprising to find empty sections of shelves at Kingman grocery stores, as shoppers stock up on staples due to the coronavirus threat.

What a customer finds often depends on the timing. Local stores are receiving routine deliveries, but quickly sell out of items like toilet paper.

Brandee Dixon found what she was looking for Wednesday afternoon at Bashas’ supermarket, 3360 E. Andy Devine Ave.

“There were a couple of things that I needed and I was pleasantly surprised,” Dixon said. “I had ordered some groceries online from Smith’s and they were out of a couple of things that I was actually able to find here. … So that was good.”

But Dixon wasn’t panicking by buying more than she needed, which is something she hopes all Kingman residents do.

“I can understand everybody is a little freaked out, but I think if they just bought what they needed, things would be a little easier for everybody,” Dixon said. “But I think it’s good that stores are opening earlier in the morning for the senior citizens.”

That measure started locally at Bashas’. Doors opened Wednesdays from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. for any customer age 65 or older and will continue to do so until further notice.

Smith’s Food and Drug, 3490 Stockton Hill Road, is offering the same for customers age 60 and older on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Meanwhile, Smith’s temporary store hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Walmart, 3396 Stockton Hill Road, is changing its store hours temporarily from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily effective Thursday, March 19.

Both Safeway locations, 3125 Stockton Hill Road and 3970 Stockton Hill Road, are open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. for customers who are age 65 and older, pregnant or have a disability or compromised immune system. Safeway has also temporarily changed its store hours. It is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Helena Hall may fall into one of those above categories, but Wednesday afternoon was her first trip to the store since last Thursday.

“I came today because I had a doctor appointment and I thought I would see (what’s here),” Hall said. “Bashas’ is loaded. There are all kinds of vegetables."

But at another local store, she saw evidence of “panic buying.”

“To me, we just need to wake up and we shouldn’t panic. Don’t be greedy …,” Hall said.

Safeway, like other stores, is receiving regular deliveries.

Nancy Keane, a public affairs and government relations employee with Safeway, said it’s business as usual in terms of truck deliveries. She also mentioned Safeway isn’t limiting product sales at this time.

That works for Dixon, who isn’t worried about stocking up on more than necessary.

“Luckily before all this happened I had actually just bought toilet paper, so I’m OK,” she said. “I’m at the point where I’m leaving it for the people who need it. … I’m not stressing.”

For accurate, up-to-date information about the coronavirus, visit the federal Centers for Disease Control at CDC.gov, the Arizona Department of Health Services at AZDHS.gov, or the Mohave County Department of Public Health at https://bit.ly/2x95T8a.

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