Here’s how grocery stores are preparing for possible storms

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HOUSTON, Texas – Grocery stores are preparing as two weather systems brew in the Gulf. Grocery store chains H-E-B and Kroger have already announced purchasing limits on some products. Here’s what you should know as you head out to grocery shop this weekend.

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Kroger said it was limiting the purchase of packages of water bottles to two per customer.

Read the statement in its entirety below.

“We are currently limiting purchases of bottled water to (2) per customer. At this time we have no other product limits in place.”


Lowe’s Emergency Command Center is keeping a close watch on Tropical Storms Laura and Marco. The company is sending truckloads of needed supplies like bottled water, generators, storage totes, gas cans, sand and wet-dry vacs to stores in areas that could be impacted.

“We have sent more than 200 trucks of supplies and will continue expediting over the days to come. There are no current limits on storm prep products in store,” Lowe’s said in a statement.


In a statement, representatives with H-E-B said the grocery chain was working to make sure its stores had the items they need to meet an increased demand. Later Saturday the company announced product limits on several items.

The following items have purchasing limits:

  • Brisket – Limit 2
  • Disinfecting & antibacterial sprays – 2 items
  • Disinfecting & antibacterial wipes – 2 items
  • Hydrogen peroxide – 2 items
  • Rubbing (Isopropyl) Alcohol/swabs – 2 items
  • First Aid and Cleaning Gloves – 2 items
  • Water multipacks – limit 4 (this only applies at stores in the Houston area.

Read H-E-B’s statement in its entirety below

“H-E-B is working with suppliers and vendors to ensure that all stores have additional products available to meet increased customer demand. Staple items include water, bread, batteries, nonperishable foods, baby formula and ice. H-E-B holds special hurricane inventory in several warehouses across the state to be prepared with large quantities of food and water to support communities in need.”


Representatives with Walmart said the company is working to ensure it stocks the appropriate items in the areas it anticipates will have the greatest need.

View the statement in its entirety below:

“We stay closely connected to our operators in the field to help ensure we’re stocking the appropriate items, keeping track of shipments and moving product to areas where we anticipate there will be the greatest need before and after a storm. Specific impacts to products will depend on the duration and intensity of a storm in each community in which our suppliers operate, however, we’ll focus on servicing our customers and meeting their needs by leveraging our global supply chain to make up any temporary shortfalls.”

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About the Author:

Briana Zamora-Nipper joined the KPRC 2 digital team as a community associate producer in 2019. During her time in H-Town, she's covered everything from fancy Houston homes to tropical storms. Previously, she worked at Austin Monthly Magazine and KAGS TV, where she earned a Regional Edward R. Murrow award for her work as a digital producer.