Recent Wildfires Impacting Grocery Stores

Due to an increased population, stores are now having to order more food.

Posted: Feb 12, 2019 7:45 AM
Updated: Feb 12, 2019 11:45 AM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif - Over the last six months, Shasta and Butte Counties have been adapting to the ever-growing changes caused by the devastating Camp and Carr Fires.

But did you know those fires are also affecting how customers shop for groceries?

For the last few days, Action News Now has been working to learn how many people have moved into Shasta County and part of Chico, reaching out to the housing association in Shasta County, the voter’s registrar in Butte and Shasta Counties, Carr Fire recovery officials, and the Shasta County Board of Supervisors to get a better idea of how many people have moved in.

All agencies are still working to give us a concrete number, showing this situation is still very fluid.

While local grocery stores are packed and with more people moving in, store owners need more food to keep up with supply and demand.

To be exact, grocery outlet in Anderson says on average they are now ordering 23 pallets of food and supplies each week.

The product is brought in on Tuesdays and everything is sold by Saturday. Last year around this time, owners say they would only need 15 pallets.

Owners say they expect their orders to continue this way for many months as new customers say they plan to stay.

"Just from our little slice of Anderson here we have heard a lot of, 'I'm from Paradise,' we've heard that many times I'm from Paradise. We're here now. We're going to be buying a house over there behind Walmart down in Cottonwood," said Grocery Outlet Owners Dan and Ashley Gallier. 

Luckily for this locally owned grocery store, they haven't had to raise prices in order to keep up with supply and demand.

There is no word on whether the big chain stores have had to raise prices. 

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