Shoppers in Young faced by empty shelves once again

Shoppers have been faced with empty shelves again, like these at Woolworths Young on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Peter Guthrie
Shoppers have been faced with empty shelves again, like these at Woolworths Young on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Peter Guthrie

Shoppers might find supermarket shelves low on staple products once again as the early signs of panic buying start to re-emerge.

Toilet paper was in short supply at Woolworths and Aldi in Young over the weekend.

Woolworths announced mid-week that they would reinstate product limits for toilet paper, flour, sugar, eggs, mince, rice, hand sanitiser, long life milk, pasta and paper towels at all their Victorian stores.

However, the two packet limit on toilet paper and paper towel were also enforced at Woolworths stores across different parts of Australia on June 26. "We're reinstating a two pack limit on toilet paper and paper towel in all stores following a surge in demand across different parts of Australia," a spokesperson said. Signs were displayed on Woolworths Young shelves on Sunday saying "apologies for the inconvenience toilet paper is currently unavailable".

A Woolworths spokesperson said they had seen "higher than usual demand" for toilet paper in parts of New South Wales.

"We saw pockets of higher than usual demand for toilet roll across parts of New South Wales (on Thursday), but not anywhere near the levels we saw in Victoria," they said.

"We continue to ask customers to buy only what they need, as there is plenty of stock to replenish our shelves."

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