People are flocking by the hundreds to newly-opened grocery stores around the city after stores limited their hours due to the winter storm.
H-E-B, which adjusted its hours noon-5 p.m. on Tuesday, among other grocery stores saw lines out the doors at most locations. On its website, H-E-B said store hours are subject to change at any time.
Check out the line at HEB Hancock Center, kinda crazy if you ask me #HEB #AustinTX pic.twitter.com/Mas8LSy1J8
— 𝐀𝐍𝐆𝐄𝐋 𝐑𝐀𝐘 💫 (@angelfknray) February 16, 2021
People are lining up in the below-freezing temperatures to stock up on food, firewood and other goods with Austin Energy reporting residents may well be without power through Tuesday night, or later.
Hundreds of people in line at the grocery store right now in south Austin @HEB pic.twitter.com/0fnDAfnfDS
— Alex Pritchett (@alexpritchett) February 16, 2021
Later into the day, lines and waits became significantly shorter. At Central Market on 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., around 3 p.m. there were 105 people in line and wait times to get in the store were down to just 15-20 minutes.
Chris Turner and Natasha Szuja had been without power for several hours when they decided to walk to the store to avoid driving on slippery roads. They only waited in line for 15 minutes. The pair said they used up all their food the day before since they hadn't been able to prepare for the outage.
"We're a little chilly—we weren't planning on losing power," Szuja said. "We're just a little nervous about how much longer this is going to go on."
However, those who got to grocery stores later after opening are likely to get a much worse selection of goods with shelves emptying quickly, harkening back to almost a year ago at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Waited an hour in line to get into the grocery store and this lovely sight greeted me...no fruit or vegetables at all. They did have beer, some meat, cheese and cookies, so it's all good. pic.twitter.com/S1L4jNsN1H
— JD Speer (@jdspeer) February 16, 2021
Most grocery stores have not set their hours for the week due to uncertain weather. Updates on H-E-B store hours can be found here.
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