"People are panic buying!" read a half-joking email from a friend of mine at Whole Foods this afternoon. "The lines were long earlier," it continued. "It comes in waves."
With the threat of a snow day tomorrow that's already cancelled classes from HISD to Houston Community College, it's no surprise that people are stocking up at their local grocery stores, unwilling or uninterested in leaving their homes tomorrow for anything -- even food.
Houston Chronicle blogger Steph Stradley posted a photo of the utter lack of shopping carts at her local Kroger with the accompanying Tweet: "Panic in the Kroger. Voss location packed. Every cashier open. Lines. I bet Specs more crowded #houwx #SNOWWWW"
Calling that Kroger proved fruitless, as did calls to a few other locations, as the phones simply rang off the hook. It's all-hands-on-deck, it appears.
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A phone call to the Randall's at Town & Country Village proved even more fruitless, as a rather rude and harried-sounding manager simply replied, "You'll have to call our corporate office about that," before hanging up.
Luckily, not every grocery store in town is thick with shoppers at the moment.
"Nothing out of the ordinary," said the friendly manager of the downtown Spec's on Smith Street. "Just a cold day." He hadn't witnessed long lines or runs on booze, although he expected business to pick up as people leave work, just as it always does at 5 p.m.
Despite the weather, he added, "We will be open tomorrow!"