NW Philly residents stock up on last minute supplies

    It’s been rainy, but with the worst of Hurricane Sandy yet to hit Philadelphia, some shoppers are seizing the opportunity to stock up on last minute supplies. 

    “Alright, so we got the top 25 items that we’ve sold today since we opened at 7:00,” said Matt Flood, store director of the Mount Airy Acme.

    With an iPad in hand, he says business has been brisk Monday, with people stocking up on essentials.

    “We’ve sold 75 cases of Acme 24-pack water; we’ve sold 61 pounds of bananas; we’ve sold 33 pounds of white American cheese,” said Flood, reading off the day’s top three.

    “The weirdest thing is just how much ice cream people buy,” adds Flood.

    Wendy Smith of Mount Airy just made her purchase. She’s heading toward a rainy parking lot with a single bag.

    “I’m stocking up to make a nice big pot of soup for the family,” said Smith.

    As for the other stuff, Smith says her family is fully stocked. She grew up in South Florida, and has been through this before.

    “Running out of power is kind of awful after a couple of days,” Smith said. “So we want to make sure that we can weather the end of the storm, essentially.”

    Nyesha Parrish of Glenside is also on her way out. She’s leaving with a bag of ice and a few other items.

    “What’s the plan from here out?” this reporter asks. “Do you think you’re set or do you still have to do some last minute errands?”

    “Um, no,” Parrish said. “Hit the wine and spirits, food is cooked, kids are situated — so it’s just let Mother Nature take its course.”

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