LI supermarkets reopen after storm

The Stop & Shop Supermarket in Levittown drew The Stop & Shop Supermarket in Levittown drew long lines to check out Saturday morning as customers stocked up on essentials, preparing for Hurricane Sandy. (Oct. 27, 2012) Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

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Shoppers flocked to supermarkets across Long Island Thursday, with many stores open and fully stocked, while grocery stores without power were offering a limited supply of goods.

In stores where shelves overflowed with dairy and perishables, many customers who didn't have power for refrigerators at home had to cut back on purchases.

Kim Flood, of Plainview, was at the ShopRite on Old Country Road in that community. She purchased boxed milk that did not need refrigeration, and yogurts she and her sons, 9 and 7, would eat immediately. "They had almost everything," she said. "But we can't buy much because we don't have power."

All 41 King Kullen stores remained open Thursday, including nine stores operating on a generator and only selling dry goods and nonperishable items, said Tony Femminella, King Kullen vice president of store operations. Those locations are in Bay Shore on Saxon Avenue, Blue Point, Glen Cove, Lindenhurst, Massapequa, Mineola, Setauket, St. James and Wantagh.

He could not say when the stores would be fully operational. "The problem is we really can't get any good information from LIPA at this point, and that is the real key," he said.

King Kullen closed its stores Monday at 3 p.m., opened all but four stores Tuesday, and then opened all stores Wednesday. Femminella said the stores had no problems with employees coming to work, and suppliers have "done a good job taking care of us."

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"Some of our associates had disasters at home, and they are still coming to work," he said. But there were shortages Thursday night at the King Kullen on Jericho Turnpike in South Huntington. The store was out of fresh milk.

Shopper Paul Baron, 27, of Wantagh, headed to the Fairway market in Plainview Thursday. His local grocer had only "bare bones," so he drove to Fairway.

Fairway's two Long Island locations -- the other is in Westbury -- have been fully operational since Wednesday. The Plainview store did not have power Tuesday but had partially opened, said Howard Glickberg, one of the owners. Its perishables had been shipped to other locations with power, he said.

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All but one of Long Island's 41 Stop & Shop stores were open Thursday, company officials said. The store on Long Beach Road in Oceanside was closed because of water and power problems, and an opening date has not yet been determined.

A spokeswoman for The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Inc., parent company of Waldbaum's, A&P and Pathmark, said in a written statement Thursday: "The majority of our stores are open to serve our customers and communities. We are working hard to restock our shelves as shipments become available."

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