Shoppers rush stores for winter storm supplies

CONYERS – The winter storm that arrived Tuesday sent citizens rushing to pick up groceries, sleds and even some adult beverages.

Kroger store manager Ken Jackson said he saw an increase in shoppers Monday afternoon at the Conyers store on Ga. Highway 138 after the forecast showed a winter mix approaching.

He said Tuesday morning that anticipated more shoppers to pick up the usual bread and milk later that day once the students were dismissed early from school.

“We’re having emergency deliveries of milk and bread come in. Those are the usual items people are buying as well as ground beef and beer and wine,” Jackson said. “I guess people figure that they might as well be comfortable during the storm.”

Jackson said Kroger will remain open 24 hours despite the weather.

Rakesh Patel of Sigman Bottle Shop in Conyers said the liquor store was busy on Monday but it started to slow down Tuesday as people prepared for the snow to fall.

Patel said he plans to open the store one or two hours later than the regular hours today.

While some residents prepared to stay indoors, others bought items to enjoy for when the snow arrived.

“Customers are buying two things: sleds and ice melts,” said John Raines, store manager of Mayfield Ace Hardware in Covington. “We’re trying to stay stocked with all the necessities. We haven’t sold out of faucet covers, but we’re making sure we’re stocked. We’ve had some buy electric heaters, but the main items are sleds and ice melts.”

Rockdale and Newton officials urged residents to take caution and advised motorists to monitor road conditions for icy buildup. The snow storm was expected to be short-lived with temperatures are expected to warm up Thursday and into the weekend.