Owners of Whites IGA, Bli Bli, Roz and Michael White. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.
Owners of Whites IGA, Bli Bli, Roz and Michael White. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.

Stores prepare for potential next wave of panic buying

SUPERMARKETS are stocking up on treats and children activities in preparation for the potential next wave of panic buying.

Whites IGA part-owner Roz White said shoppers were beginning to "settle down a bit" but there was still increased demand for toilet paper, flour, hand sanitisers and cleaning products.

Mrs White - who owns five IGAs at Baringa, Bli Bli, Mooloolah, Peregian Beach and Mt Coolum, with husband Michael - said now they were beginning to prepare for another wave of panic buying as residents settle in to life in isolation.

"We have started to increase stock levels in things like treats, Easter eggs, fresh flowers, seafood for Easter," she said.

"Thinking ahead, people in isolation are going to be sitting on the couch watching Netflix and they probably will be reaching for their chips, popcorn and chocolate."

The stores have also increased supplies in children's activities including arts and crafts.

Ms White said they had relied heavily recently on more than 150 of their local suppliers, to help keep shelves stocked during increased demand.

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Ahead of the Easter long weekend Ms White had a message for shoppers: Be smart and organised.

Stores will have security guards monitoring crowd numbers and social distancing throughout the long weekend.

"We want people to try to minimise their time in the shop … be organised with a list and try to avoid leaving your shopping to those rush periods," Mrs White said.

"We want it to be measured, calm and sensible."