Large Canadian grocers tried to reassure their customers on Tuesday by saying that their stores would not run out of food or supplies during this period of coronavirus epidemic.
In a letter to members of the Loblaw Fellows loyalty program, CEO Galen Weston advised his clients not to worry.
Weston said the empty shelves recently seen in the company’s supermarkets, which include the Provigo brand in Quebec, were only the result of the extreme level of purchases by some Canadians who make reservations.
The company’s supply chain and its store teams are working to get the most important products back on the shelves, although some of these products may take longer, such as hand sanitizer.
Empire, the parent company of the Sobeys and IGA supermarket chains, CEO Michael Medline said he has never seen so many customers visiting his stores. He said he has great confidence in the supply chain of his grocery stores.
Mr. Medline assured that his company was working hard to replenish the shelves in its stores despite the context of high demand.
Companies in this dispatch: (TSX: L, TSX: EMP.A)