CORONAVIRUS: Publix To Ration Bread, Shelves Largely Empty

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[NO CHICKEN. The poultry shelves at Publix are empty. Next delivery: Tuesday. Photo: BocaNewsNow.com 03/16/2020].

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Despite a new corporate-wide closing time of 8 p.m. to provide time for extra cleaning and restocking, shelves at the Delray Marketplace Publix were largely bare as the store opened its doors at 6:55 a.m. Monday.

Customers notably gasped as they found empty shelves, absolutely no poultry and limited produce.


“Our truck comes Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday,” said a Publix employee. “We’re getting nothing new until tomorrow.”


NO EGGS. Despite a limit of one dozen per customer, Publix is out of eggs at opening — 7 a.m. — March 16, 2020. Photo: BocaNewsNow.com].

Despite claims from the Trump administration that the supply chain is in tact, empty shelves suggest an alternate reality. Shoppers darted through the aisles finding whatever they could — even Cheerios and Rice Krispies were out of stock. Eggs were nowhere to be found — just a sign limiting shoppers to one dozen.

Looking for bread? Good luck.

A Publix employee said she was preparing to make a sign announcing a new Publix limit of two loaves per person. Only a few loaves were on the bread shelves. Only ten or so loaves were seen in the bakery area.

[Even at opening, frozen food shelves are sporadically filed at best at Publix, March 16, 2020. Photo: BocaNewsNow.com].

As BocaNewsNow.com reported Sunday, shoppers attempting to circumvent panic shopping in person by having food delivered are now waiting for nothing.

Whole Foods deliveries are taking at least four days — and many ordered items aren’t actually in stock. Publix, which delivers through Instacart, is quoting 4 or 5 day delivery times, but not guaranteeing item availability.


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