As Texas residents slowly venture out to replace their pantries, thousands are being met with empty grocery store shelves, ransacked by desperate shoppers.
To that end, Texas grocery chain H-E-B has implemented temporary purchase limits on certain items, including in all Fort Worth-area stores. The San Antonio-based company reports in a February 19 press release that its stores “are in strong supply” and “continue to restock products daily.”
Some H-E-B locations are operating on limited hours. Here are the limits shoppers can expect at area stores:
- Water Gallons – Limit 2
- Water multipack – Limit 2
- Baby Water Gallons – Limit 2
- Baby Water multipack – Limit 2
- Eggs – Limit 2
- Milk – Limit 2
- Bread – Limit 2
- Ice – Limit 2
- Charcoal – Limit 2
- Propane Tanks – Limit 2
- Aerosol disinfectant sprays – 2 items
- (Isopropyl) Alcohol swabs – 2 items
- First Aid and Cleaning Gloves – 2 items
- Trial & Travel Size Disinfectant Wipes/Sprays – Limit 2
The same general restrictions do not apply to Central Market stores, which are owned by H-E-B. All Central Market stores in DFW are now back open for business, with limited stock that varies by store. In at least one local Central Market, water is limited to two packs per person.
"Central Markets will place limits on items as demand requires," a spokeswoman for Central Market says. "See each store for specific details."
Meanwhile, H-E-B notes that it is doing its part to conserve power. “From our manufacturing facilities to our stores and administrative offices, we’ve drastically reduced all non-essential power such as lighting and HVAC set points,” H-E-B notes in a press release.
Importantly, curbside and home delivery orders have been canceled, but representatives hope to resume those operations as soon as possible. H-E-B’s pharmacies will be open according to store hours.
Customers are also encouraged to bring their own shopping bags, as stores are seeing a low inventory of bags.
CultureMap will update this story as it develops.