THE EMPTY SHELVES of IGA Gatton tell the story of the flood crisis, as panic purchases overwhelmed the store.
THE EMPTY SHELVES of IGA Gatton tell the story of the flood crisis, as panic purchases overwhelmed the store.

IGA stunned by panic shopping

Even after nearly 30 years in the business Gatton IGA owner, John Hyslop, said he had never seen shelves emptied as quickly as last week..

Mr Hyslop said the panic shopping as the flood crisis set in empty shelves were not something he expected to see in Gatton.

“I understand North Queensland shops can get like this when there is a cyclone or something, but it just seemed unusual for this area.

“Most people seemed to get what they wanted and as far as I know no one went hungry, which was great.”

“People stocked up on water and bread and milk and there was virtually none of that left,” he said.

“The baker across from us was basically baking for us 24/7 to make sure there would be bread on shelves.

“The trouble was a lot of the stock comes from Brisbane, with the bakery at Wacol and we also get a lot of stuff from Toowoomba too, so when the Range was closed we became quite isolated.”

He said the store was almost back to normal.

“We are pretty much back on track, but some produce lines have bit a little hard to get,” he said.

“It was a good effort on everyone's part and some of the bakers worked some huge hours just to make sure we had some bread.”

He said the limit of one loaf of bread per customer was a necessary measure.

“In all the panic people tend to buy about half a dozen loaves of bread, but we thought if we put a limit on it, and kept baking it was better that people had one loaf per day, rather than many people missing out entirely,” he said.

“Milk supplies were an issue, but we got in five pallets of long life milk, so that helped a lot.

“The first truck with groceries on it arrived from Brisbane early Thursday morning, so it turned out we weren't isolated for that long.

“I am glad things are heading back to some normality.”


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