A fire leads people to find new ways to keep their refrigerators stocked. The Shoprite in Ellenvile is temporarily closed. YNN's Elaina Athans has more.
ELLENVILLE -- People can pick up carts or come to the Shoprite in Ellenville with their recyclable grocery bags, but they'll walk away with nothing. A fire closes the only big-box grocery store in the area.
“I’m just used to being near," said Napanoch resident Marion Coutant.
"Now I don’t have anywhere to shop," said Ellenville resident Shawntel Wheeler.
There are places. but they aren't close. Folks will have to drive 30 minutes or so to shop at a major supermarket.
“I’ll have to go to Kingston if I want to go to a big store like this," said Accord resident Elbert Rogers.
Peters Market, a local mom-and-pop shop, has been inundated with shoppers. Sales have spike in the tiny store with limited space.
"We’re doing the best we can," said Peters Market owner Jeremy Peters. "Our main concern now is just keeping up with the demands that is there. Having enough supplies to make sure that we have enough for all the shoppers."
A ShopRite spokesperson tells YNN the store will be closed for several weeks because of extensive water and fire damage from the fire. During this time of inconvience the store is offering another option to customers: home delivery free of charge.
Crews will do runs mostly nearby zip codes. Some shoppers though aren't keen on the offer and rather make their grocery picks in person.
“I like coming out and get some fresh air," said Accord resident Jim Gebhard. "It’s a social thing too. I always run into somebody I know.”
Until the store or "social hotspot" is repaired for good,one person hopes a temporary shopping fix resonates with the community and that people will support the small-box stores.
“People that have never shop with us before are now seeing what we have to offer here," said Peters. "Hopefully they’ll know that we’re here and will come back again after shoprite opens again.”
Starting on Saturday, ShopRite will provide a FREE shuttle bus to the ShopRite in Kingston. The service will run Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There are pick up times in the morning and the afternoon.