Grocery Shortages in S.W. Oklahoma Aren’t as Bad as Other Places
It's been a rough couple of years with everything we've had to endure. The COVD-19 pandemic continues to create not only health risks but all kinds of other problems as well. One of the biggest has been shortages caused by panic buying and the disruption of supply lines. Retailers of all types and grocery stores struggle to keep shelves stocked as everything has slowed down including manufacturing, importing, and shipping.
Luckily S.W. Oklahoma hasn't been hit quite as hard as other places when it comes to shortages. Sure there's been plenty of times the shelves were empty and bare but it's gotten much better. The grocery stores at least in Lawton, Fort Sill are better than most at keeping shelves stocked and getting in fresh meats and produce.
It's not perfect, but it's definitely better than what other places are dealing with right now. Compared to late 2020 and most of 2021 local retailers and grocery stores have improved tenfold. Remember when you couldn't find toilet paper, cleaning supplies, canned food, dairy products, produce, and fresh meats? Things are much better now and more often than not you're able to find what you're looking for in stock.
Yes, it's true that sometimes you might not be able to find the specific brand you want, or there may be something on your list they don't have, but usually within a day or so it's back in stock and on the shelves. While it might not be like it was pre-pandemic, it's a lot better than it was last year that's for sure. Hopefully, it continues to improve and hard-to-find items will once again be available consistently on store shelves.
Right now the recent COVID Omicron variant along with the weather is creating supply chain issues. There's also a labor shortage caused by the pandemic that continues today due to all the new positive cases, hospitalizations, and unfortunately deaths. As soon as things begin to improve and it looks like we're returning to normal, another variant occurs and sets us back. We're making progress, but it's very slow.