Grocery and convenience stores running out of the essentials

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After three days trapped in their homes, families in South Buffalo were running low on the essentials.

Amarilyas Hernandez said, “We’ve been suffering since Tuesday without nothing in the house.”

Many started digging out Thursday in hopes of finding open stores.

Hernandez explained, “I walked more than 10 blocks from where I live and I have to go back again.”

Dean Bruscia was in a similar situation. He said, “We’ve been stuck down by South Park Avenue, everything in the 711, the Noco is all gone so we had to walk 25 minutes to a half hour just to Tops so we can get some food.”

Gabriel Foster showed up on a four wheeler to get supplies. He said, “My friend she’s pregnant and couldn’t get so my sister went it to get food and go help her out.”

However, in some cases shoppers were faced with empty shelves

Helen Velasquez said, “It was weird seeing everything empty the bread aisle is empty.”

Bread, eggs and regular milk were all out of stock at the Tops on South Park Avenue. With snowed in roads, closed highways and travel bans in effect, there is no way for delivery trucks to get those products to stores.

There are still plenty of non-perishables and Tops says its working hard to restock the rest.

Charles Robbins said he bought items he normally would avoid, “We got a lot of junk actually but we got two boys at home and we just get back to them and they’re happy we bring it home.”

All Tops stores remain open.

Most Wegmans stores are open; the West Seneca and Blasdell locations are closed but the hope is they will reopen Friday.

“I’m worried about what’s going to be there for our thanksgiving dinner, usually this is the weekend we go shopping for all the things that we need usually they run out because everyone’s buying them for dinner but they’re running out now because they can’t get in to stock the shelves,” said Velasquez. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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