“The store was heavily shopped on Saturday, similar to what we saw leading up the holidays,” said David Reitnauer, regional general manager vice president, who oversees 135 stores in Indiana and Kentucky.
Bread, milk, eggs and produce went quickly on the grocery side, Reitnauer said. Ice melt sales through the second week of January exceeded what companies had forecast for the entire year, so Walmart is working on getting those products restocked.
Walmart delivery trucks were rerouted to accommodate the slippery roads. Trucks from areas that were not hit by the storm were directed to help out at regional distribution centers. More vehicles were deployed because drivers could not cover as much ground in their usual shifts.
“We had the challenge with the state of emergency and moving,” Reitnauer said. “We’re really proud of the associates, how they got to the store, weathered the storm and took care of our customers.”
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