LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Store shelves that once held toilet paper and cleaning supplies have been left barren by a second round of excess purchasing in response to soaring coronavirus transmission rates across the United States.
In response, several major grocery store chains have reimposed limits of two per customer on many of the most coveted items like toilet paper, paper towels, sanitary wipes, and hand soap.
Those chains include Kroger, Publix, Safeway, Wegmans, and Stop N' Shop.
During the first rush in March, many chains were caught off guard by the peak in demand leaving shelves bare for weeks.
Kroger Spokesperson Erin Rolfes said this latest wave has been very different.
"The pipeline of products is really strong," she said, "we are sending great shipments every day from our warehouses to our stores."
Rolfes said Kroger warehouses were heavily stocked after distributors like Kleenex and Scott doubled output over the summer.
She said supplies should last as long as the two-item limits remain in place.