If no one panicked, we’d be fine – CBS New York

New York (CBS New York) Now that coronavirus cases are on the rise again, there is another rush of necessities.

Supplies are flying off the shelves, as they were in March.

“I buy for myself and also buy for my next-door neighbor because they are afraid to go out,” said shopper Caroline Edwards.

At a Walmart Supercenter in Kearney, New Jersey, Edwards was stocking up on necessities.

She said, “We got more water – one for her, another for me too – and you know, just a little juice and milk.”

It is preparing for a possible lockdown as the Tri-State region’s COVID cases swell.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen, so you have to be prepared,” Edwards said.

She is not the only one preparing.


John Catsimatidis, owner and CEO of about 35 Gristedes and D’Agostino locations in New York City, says business has increased 10% in the past few days as people have started stockpiling.

He said, “People are very worried about Thanksgiving dinner, and they buy early and buy in bulk.”

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Katsimatides says stores have yet to recover from the panic that caused many store-shelves to be bought during the first wave.

“There was always a shortage of Bounty and Charmaine, and it just never got back to normal,” he said.

Catsimatidis says as of now, it’s business as usual, but if stores start to notice that they are running out of some major products, they’ll start to limit how often each customer can buy at one time.

It encourages people to buy only what they need.

“The supply chain is good. We are well equipped,” said Katsimatides, “If no one panics, we will be fine.”

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Manhattan roommates who spoke to Kieran Dillon from CBS2 agree. They panicked and regretted the spring shopping.

Priyanka Agarwal said, “We bought a lot of napkins and things, and they were much more expensive than they usually are.”

But back in New Jersey, Edwards says she doesn’t overdo it.

“Someone else wants to have a chance to buy for their family too, so we’re thinking about it as we move on. I know I am. But it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

She thinks about others but does not take risks.

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