Shoppers relieved, replenished
SUPERMARKET managers are relieved to hear trucks are on their way to the Douglas region to replenish the empty shelves with basic foods that were in short supply last week.
Milk, eggs, bread, meat, fruits and vegetables were slowly diminishing in the local Coles, Woolworths and IGA stores last week as delivery trucks were affected by the flood crisis.
Sections of the Bruce Highway between Brisbane and Townsville reopened this week allowing trucks to roll up to the Far North by road and rail.
Port Douglas IGA manager Paul Douglas told the Gazette last week he saw many empty holes on his shelves and the only thing he could do is go to church and pray.
“We were definitely affected by the floods. A lot of our shelves were looking empty so it is good to see that we are about 85 per cent back on track with more deliveries arriving tomorrow,” he said.
“If Brisbane had of been more flooded we would be in big trouble.”
Coles Port Douglas manager Jason Smith was well prepared for the shortage and organised deliveries two weeks ago.
“We are actually to a point where we have so much stock we have had to pull fillings out of fridges to hold it all,” he said.
“We have stock coming from Sydney this week with dairy, freezer and bakery products, we have had two planes with 140 pallets come through over the weekend and all the road trains are able to come through quick and fast.”
Woolworths spokesman Benedict Brook said the deliveries that were arriving were very sporadic and did not necessarily bring the products needed.
“The food delivery was very patchy and a lot of our stores noticed that the necessities such as milk, bread and toilet rolls were in high demand,” he said.
“We ended up having to fly approximately six planes into Townsville to deliver food to the Mossman store.
“Now that the roads have reopened and the rail reopened yesterday we can guarantee to see a noticeable difference in stock on the shelves.
“It is getting back on track and we are getting supplies to stores as soon as we can but I don’t expect stores to appear back to normal until the end of the week.”