PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Grocery stores across Arizona are seeing shortages for much-needed household items as the coronavirus continues to spread. "There is nothing inside to stock up with," a shopper said.
Don’t expect free food samples during your next Costco run. The chain is temporarily suspending the practice amid coronavirus fears.
Costco logged strong sales growth during its latest quarter, as shoppers raced to stock up on cleaning products, household essentials and food as the coronavirus outbreak spread.
Inside Christtown's Walmart, around 5 p.m., there was no bottled water or toilet paper. "This is insanity," Cathy Acosta said. She said she only has two rolls of toilet paper left, and now she had to resort to buying baby wipes. "I don't know why people are stockpiling it, I don't know what they think they can prevent from happening," said Acosta.
Hand sanitizer has been flying off store shelves with coronavirus fears looming.
It was a similar situation at the Safeway near 7th Street and Glendale Avenue. Around 3:30 p.m., there was almost no toilet paper or soap, but they did have bottled water. At the Walgreens close by, a sign read "limit two packages of toilet paper per customer."
We couldn't get to every store in the Valley, so we reached out to people on Twitter and asked them what they saw in their local grocery store. There were pictures of empty shelves from Tuesday morning at a Scottsdale Target on Hayden Road, near Thompson Peak. It was the same story around 9:30 a.m. at Target on McDowell Road and Litchfield Road. The list goes on from the East Valley to the West and beyond. Some viewers told us their local grocery store is just fine but didn't want to give a location because they were afraid it would be ransacked.