THERE has been a significant spike in the sale of canned foods, pasta and dry rice as families across Cork stock up on non-perishable items, the owner of three large supermarkets have revealed.
Liam Ryan, who owns SuperValu stores in Frankfield, Glanmire and Togher, has had to put on extra staff to cope with a marked increase in business due to coronavirus fears.
Speaking to The Echo, Mr Ryan said tinned foods like baked beans and canned soups are flying out the door along with dried pasta and rice.
“Anything for the cupboard is going, what would normally be slow-moving lines are increasing in sales,” Mr Ryan said.
There has also been a marked increase in the sale of household items such as toilet paper and Mr Ryan said he could not keep hand sanitizers or hand wash in stock.
“We are completely sold out of hand wash and hand sanitiser, we are getting another delivery on Sunday and another on Monday.”
Mr Ryan said his stores would not be increasing the price of these products to make a profit.
“We don’t profit from other people’s misfortune, our biggest concern is our customers and our staff.”
The shop owner said that as a business owner he was having to “think outside the box” in terms of what to stock for the weeks ahead.
“We have started selling industrial hand wipes, we would never normally sell them but because of the way things are going we decided to stock them.”
Mr Ryan said that as well as bringing in extra staff to cope with the increased sales, he was also introducing new hygiene procedures including increased deep cleans in his stores.
“We are taking on new procedures all the time and awaiting direction from the HSE, Musgraves our supplier and the Government.
“The fact that the Cork case is unexplained in origin has changed the goalposts a bit and we are awaiting further instruction from these bodies in relation to the best ways to stay safe.”