Stocking shelves

Steven Harrison works quickly Thursday to restock shelves at Bill’s Cost Plus, at 200 E. Johnson Ave., one of few grocery stores to receive a truck Thursday morning. According to office manager Melinda Hill, shelves have been empty of essential goods for several days.

JONESBORO — Lots of shelves at local grocery stores sat empty on Thursday morning.

Jacob Akins, assistant manager of Harps Food Stores on Harrisburg Road, said the last truck to drop off supplies at his location was Saturday.

“The stores can’t get supplies because the roads are too bad,” Akins said.

Although store management expected to receive a truck possibly Friday from a warehouse distributor, deliveries from other vendors might be a bit longer, he said.

Jim Twiggs, manager at Harris Baking Company in Rogers, said his facility will be shut down until possibly Saturday.

“Harp’s is our biggest customer,” he said, noting his company supplies the chain with bread products.

Twiggs said the factory is not facing bad road conditions but curtailment of natural gas.

“We have had the company shut down for the last six days in order to conserve energy.” Twiggs said, noting Harris Baking Company supplies 306 grocery stores in a four-state area. “It will take us three days of non-stop production to catch up.”

Other local stores faced similar issues, reporting that shelves were empty of essential goods.

Kevin Liddel, an assistant manager at Kroger Marketplace on South Caraway Road, said Thursday morning the store was out of milk, had very little bread and was completely out of ground beef.

“We have shipments scheduled for every day as soon as we can get a driver here,” he said.

Melinda Harris, office manager at Bill’s Fresh Market on 200 E. Johnson, said some of their locations had just received a truck Thursday morning.

“This is the first one since last Saturday,” she said.

Stores associates at Walmart Neighborhood Market at 2811 Creek Drive in Jonesboro said shelves had sat empty for days, but a shipment had finally arrived Thursday.

Twiggs said although the factory is shut down and many retailers cannot get the bread they need, the factory is doing its part to help relieve the burden on the energy grids.

“At least we’re are staying warm, and that is the main priority,” he said.