Stores stock up amid coronavirus concerns

ST. MARYS — Amid the COVID-19 crisis, grocery and retail associations in West Virginia said the national food supply chain is doing well and are encouraging consumers to purchase what they need without going overboard.

“There is no need to hoard food, paper products, cleaning supplies and other items,” Traci Nelson, president of the West Virginia Oil Marketers and and Grocers Association, said.

 Some grocery stores are changing their store hours in order to allow for additional cleaning, sanitizing and replenishing. Kroger announced its West Virginia stores will be operating from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“Our purpose is to feed the human spirit. We’re always here for our customers and communities when you need us most. We are working hard to get the supplies and products you need on our store shelves,” Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen said.

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