Mid-Atlantic Retailers Bracing for Major Storm

WASHINGTON — Food retailers along the East Coast today are preparing for a rush of shoppers as a major winter storm was expected to dump more than a foot of snow in the Mid-Atlantic states.

WASHINGTON — Food retailers along the East Coast today are preparing for a rush of shoppers as a major winter storm was expected to dump more than a foot of snow in the Mid-Atlantic states.

“We’ve been preparing for this all week, with around-the-clock deliveries of staple items to our stores,” Jamie Miller, a spokesman for Ahold-owned Giant-Landover [4], told SN on Friday, where snow began falling around noon. According to a National Weather Service forecast, metro Washington could be under 2 feet of snow by Saturday.

Miller said Giant stores were experiencing heavy foot traffic, full parking lots and long lines but said customers were patient and stores were working to keep supplies in stock with the number of delivery drivers increased to meet demand.

Elsewhere in the area, Safeway [5] spokesman told the Baltimore Sun that it had stocked up on snow shovels after running out of them when a heavy snowstorm hit in December.

According to the National Weather Service, Delaware, Philadelphia and areas as far west as Pittsburgh could experience a foot or more of snow. New York and New England were expected to also get snow Friday, but in smaller accumulations.

A&P [6], Montvale, N.J., issued a press release Thursday urging shoppers to prepare for inclement weather and offered a checklist of items for their homes and cars.

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