Panic buying spurred by fears of the coronavirus pandemic has cleared shelves of items like toilet paper, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes at retailers across the United States.
In response to high demand, national and regional retailers have imposed purchase limits on certain products — though across the Red River Valley restrictions vary from store to store.
Coborn's-owned stores in the Fargo-Moorhead area reported different purchase limits Friday night. Cash Wise in Fargo said it had a one-per-customer limit on packages of toilet paper, while the Moorhead location reported a two-pack limit. The limits are subject to change over the coming days, the Moorhead store reported. Coborn's also said that home delivery service for grocery and drugs will no longer enter homes and will instead make deliveries at the door.
Target intends to keep its more than 1,800 stores open during the coronavirus outbreak, but the retailer has announced it is taking steps to prevent the spread of infection to customers and employees. Target has also introduced buy limits for items at all of its stores. One per guest: Toilet paper; Flushable wipes; Hand sanitizer; Hand and face wipes and Disinfectant wipes. Two per guest: 24-packs of bottled water. Stores reported that the one-per-guest restrictions on items like toilet paper and hand sanitizer apply to any size, whether its a six-pack of toilet paper or an 18-pack.
Walmart announced on Tuesday that it would leave buying restrictions up to the discretion of its managers, and as of Friday evening, no stores in Fargo or Grand Forks had placed limits on the purchase of items like toilet paper and disinfectant wipes.
Family Fare in West Fargo reported no limits on purchases Friday.
The West Fargo Costco location reported Friday night that it was sold out of items including toilet paper, hand sanitizer and rice. Before those items were depleted from its shelves, the store had a two-per-customer limit on those items.Costco is also imposing a two-per-customer limit on items like flour, sugar and soap, the store reported.
Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar General locations in Fargo-Moorhead did not report any formal restrictions on goods, but all reported being cleared of items like toilet paper.