Where and how to buy toilet paper on the Coast
IT MOSTLY comes down to good timing, but some Sunshine Coast supermarkets have shared advice on how to buy toilet paper and other hot-ticket items.
With shoppers targeting toilet paper, hand sanitiser and baking goods amid self-isolation, most stores have struggled to keep stock on shelves in recent weeks.
Most supermarkets told the Daily restocking times were sporadic as stores across Queensland experienced increased demand.
Roz White, who owns Whites IGA stores at Baringa, Bli Bli, Mooloolah, Peregian Beach and Mt Coolum with husband Michael, said demand for toilet paper had eased this week after it peaked last month.
"The toilet paper situation is still a little bit sporadic and supplies continue to be interrupted," she said.
"Last month was crazy but I feel this week people are a little bit more settled and more accepting of the situation."
Ms White said restocking days varied depending on supplies, but added having local suppliers had helped keep shelves packed.
They have also hired more staff for night fill and home-delivery drivers.
Foodworks Minyama supervisor Michelle Wilford said there was high demand for toilet paper, sugar and flour.
The store receives stock twice a week, usually on Monday and Wednesday or Thursday.
"Panic buying has calmed a little bit … it peaked about three weeks ago," she said.
Her advice to shoppers ahead of the long weekend was to "stay home" unless absolutely necessary.
IGA Bellavista Caloundra had hand sanitiser and toilet paper on Thursday morning, but stocks were not expected to last long.
IGA Maroochydore store manager Rob Cook said it was best for customers to ring before arriving in store to check if stocks were in.
"We get our stocks on Tuesday and Friday, but this week it'll be coming on Saturday instead," he said.
"It's definitely better to call before you come in to check, because items like sanitiser, toilet paper and flour are selling out within an hour."
Cotton Tree Foodworks' Leigh Grandy said the store receives new stock on Wednesday's and Friday's.
He said they did have toilet paper, but mainly in smaller single or two-packs.
He recommended customers who were particularly in need of hand sanitiser or cleaning products, including seniors or those with a pre-existing medical condition, to ask staff what was available.