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Midstate retailers work to fill demand ahead of Sandy

By - Last modified: October 29, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Retailers are working to stay stocked and serving customers with Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the midstate.

A branch of Cumberland County-based Giant Food Stores in the Philadelphia area lost power at one point this morning but was back online, spokesman Christopher Brand said a little after 10:30 a.m.

The business has been working to deliver additional water, batteries, milk and bread to its stores to keep up with the demand, Brand said.

The big push by consumers appears to have been Saturday and Sunday, with a bit of a reduction in foot traffic at stores this morning, he said.

York County-based Shrewsbury True Value Plus restocked with about 90 additional generators it received Saturday night to help fill requests for customers on a larger waiting list, co-owner Scott Hittie said.

One issue with getting restocked for some items was that some vendors are in Maryland and were either closed or closing because of the encroaching storm, he said.

“We are selling what we can get our hands on,” Hittie said. “For the most part, things are going pretty well.”