Swarmed Supermarkets Wait for Resupply

Photograph by Venessa Wong

New Yorkers may have cleared out supermarkets this weekend, but they were back for more on Tuesday. “It’s like any regular day,” says Kevin Persaud, store manager at the Key Food in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood, glancing at the lines at several registers. “They’re buying the essential stuff.” By Tuesday afternoon, the store had nearly run out of bread, eggs, milk, and ice, as well as fresh produce, meat, and ice cream. That’s because Sunday was “busier than the holidays!” says Persaud, adding that he is not expecting any deliveries until Thursday.

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