The view from an Arvada King Soopers

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Posted 3/16/20

Freelance photographer Bill Way drove from his Golden home to his usual grocery store on March 13, hoping to pick up some chicken. What he found was a store picked clean of many essentials, and a …

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The view from an Arvada King Soopers

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Freelance photographer Bill Way drove from his Golden home to his usual grocery store on March 13, hoping to pick up some chicken. What he found was a store picked clean of many essentials, and a line of shoppers wrapping around the store aisles.

Way reports that the deli and meat display cases at the store were emptied. All the milk had sold out, leaving him to buy some half-and-half.

Here are some of his observations:

Every checkout stand is open but it doesn’t matter. The line wraps around the store ending up in the dairy section at the very back. People are being nice, lots of conversations with people we never met. No shouting, no panic, just a lot of Golden and Arvada residents stocking up on everything they can think of — "The fear is that it’s going to get worse, so let’s buy everything we think we might need for the next few weeks."

The canned soup section is fast becoming empty. Meat, fish, and chicken are pretty much gone.

The meat and fish manager was asked by customer “how are you doing?“

"I’m doing fine. There’s nothing to sell,“ the manager replied.

That was a slight exaggeration But it is getting close to that point.

Shopper Toni Sampson told me that this is her normal shopping trip in preparation for her dad‘s birthday. But when she got to the store and saw the empty shelves, she began to stock up.

I smiled when I saw her package of Doritos and she told me “what else do teenagers need besides Doritos?" She smiled.

Everybody in the store is being very nice and. We all wait in line knowing there’s nothing else we can do.

In the parking lot I met a woman who identified herself as a Golden High School bus driver. She was on her cell phone, telling a friend that she was going to be off next week so she was stocking up on some food. When I told her “I hope you’re not here for chicken she laughed and said, “Can you believe that people are hoarding toilet paper?”

MORE: See Bill Way's sports photos on Flickr

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