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Published January 02, 2011, 07:55 PM

Interstate Closures Mean Some Empty Shelves

With major interstates closed for days around the area, some delivery trucks weren't able to make the trip. That means some empty shelves at retailers, most noticeably at grocery stores.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

With major interstates closed for days around the area, some delivery trucks weren't able to make the trip. That means some empty shelves at retailers, most noticeably at grocery stores.

"They didn't have any bananas, the lettuce shelf was pretty empty, and the bread shelves was definitely bare," grocery shopper Angela Beardemphl said.

"It's a double whammy. A couple days we can get by, but much longer than that, we start seeing some out of stocks," Hugo's grocery manager Clyde Dugger said.

Scott Nelson was delivering bread Sunday that was supposed to be on his Friday truck. The product, baked in Fergus Falls, just got to Grand Forks.

"From Fergus Falls, all the highways were closed, they couldn't move so it sat," Nelson said.

It's the basic necessities like eggs and milk where you find the biggest holes on the shelves.

Grocery Manager Clyde Dugger describes weekend truck traffic on the store's receiving dock:

"Non-existent. We've got one due in tonight and that's our first truck since Wednesday," Dugger said.

Considering the length of time the interstates were closed, the store was holding its own on most products. Stockers will be start making up for lost time tonight so customers can get products they weren't able to purchase.

"We can come back later in the week. It's not like we can't drive back over, so it's not really a big deal at all," shopper Beardemphl said.

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