Hurricane Sandy has continued to show its power and sheer strength. The effects of the hurricane are being felt by all with the power outages forcing some stores to keep their doors closed or delay opening.
Ahold USA officials said that up to twenty Stop & Shop locations located in New Jersey and New York had to stay closed as a result of road closures, flooding or damage. The New England locations of Giant-Landover, Stop & Shop and Giant-Carlisle however remained open. Peapod deliveries had temporarily stopped in the Washington, Philadelphia and New England areas. However, the retailer promised resumption by Thursday. The extensive damage by Sandy in the New York Metro area will continue to delay resumption of Peapod deliveries.
ShopRite stores in New Jersey also remained without power. Keasbey, New Jersey-based Wakefern however was trying to get supplies and trucks to other areas that needed them.
Whole Foods Market stores also suffered the power loses and 3 out of 7 stores in New York were reopened Tuesday afternoon.
Fairway Markets had five stores remaining closed Tuesday. Part of the reason for closures was workers inability to get to work stations. The retailer had to provide workers with shuttle services to stores. Save-A-Lot closed 33 store locations amidst the Sandy storm. It had advised customers to confirm if stores were open before leaving their homes.
FreshDirect, which is an online grocer in New York, had to cancel deliveries at least until Wednesday. Gristedes had posted signs that it could not continue deliveries, but reopened stores in the city Tuesday.
Wegmans Food Markets reopened all stores, but warned that some products could be unavailable. Stew Leonard’s and Big Y in Connecticut reopened all their stores.