HEB prepares for an influx of people getting food, supplies to ride out the storm
HOUSTON – With the extended freeze expected next week, many are turning to grocery stores to get last-minute supplies and food to ride out the storm. Stores like the HEB in Montrose have been packed. “There’s a lot of energy in the store,” said HEB store leader Jeff Ditges. “Tons of people coming in and out.”“Yesterday we shipped more cases out of our warehouses than any other day in HEB history bigger than Thanksgiving, bigger than Christmas,” McClelland said. There’s a relationship between bad weather and people wanting us to deliver to them not wanting to get out of the car.
This grocer knocked out H-E-B as 2020′s top grocer, report shows
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)HOUSTON – Climbing two spots, Amazon is the nation’s top grocery store, according to a recent report by Dunnhumby, a global consumer science company. The e-commerce giant beat out Texas-based H-E-B, who came in second, followed by Trader Joe’s in third. Amazon’s success is attributed to the company’s ability to be “best positioned for momentum during the pandemic and long-term success for the future,” per the report. The study credit Amazon’s ability to be safe and fast amid the COVID-19 pandemic as keys to growth and stability. “The distance between Amazon and the second-place retailer on COVID Momentum and safety is much wider than the distance between second place and the rest of the pack.”
Man accused of taking cellphone photos up women’s skirts at H-E-B in Pearland, police say
Man accused of taking photos up women's skirts at an HEB in Pearland, according to police. PEARLAND, Texas – A man is accused of taking cellphone photos up women’s skirts at an H-E-B in Pearland, according to the police department. The incident was reported around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the H-E-B location on 2710 Pearland Pkwy. Police released surveillance photos of the suspect in hopes of leading to the identification of the man. Anyone with information is asked to call the Pearland Police department at 281-997-4249 or email email@example.com, or send the department a message on Facebook.
Grocery stores limiting some products again
HOUSTON – Have you been trying to stay stocked with household necessities in 2020? Several grocery stores are limiting the number of products customers can purchase per visit. At all HEB stores, customers can purchase a maximum of two items for brisket, disinfecting and antibacterial sprays and wipes, Hydrogen peroxide, rubbing (Isopropyl) alcohol and first aid and cleaning Gloves. While Kroger has instituted limits of two for products like bath tissue, paper towels, disinfecting wipes and hand soap, according to CNN. These product limits are to ensure all customers have access to the products they need.
Shopper called a demon by woman rebuking people, ordering them out of grocery store vitamin aisle, viral video shows
HOUSTON A maskless woman called another shopper a demon while invoking the name of Jesus Christ as she ordered people out of an aisle she was shopping in at a Washington store, video shows. As she paces up and down the vitamin aisle, the woman said, I command you in Jesus Christs name to get off this aisle. Like, is that how you think youre going to get your message across? someone can be heard saying on the video. She doesnt want anyone to go down that aisle until she can get what she wants and leave the aisle. In the last video from the store, the woman can be seen being held down on the floor by someone.
Woman charged after police say she licked hands, touched things in grocery store
SUMTER, S.C. – A South Carolina woman has been charged with aggravated breach of peace and food tampering after authorities say she licked her hands and then touched things in a grocery store. Holliday was arrested Saturday by Sumter police officers after they responded to a suspicious person call at an IGA grocery store. Police say video from inside the store shows a woman licking her hands and coughing before pulling on freezer doors and touching food items. The woman did the same thing another part of the store, police say. Police said Holliday is also charged in a similar incident at another location.
Consumer expert Amy Davis tells you how to make fresh foods last longer while eliminating trips to the grocery store
HOUSTON – Health officials are urging everyone to stay home and stay healthy, even limiting trips to the grocery store. But buying enough food for your family to last more than a week is difficult. We eat perishables like produce, bread and milk and feel like we need to replenish them weekly. If your family can eat a loaf or two of bread a week, buy several and freeze them. Back in your produce drawer, you can freeze that broccoli and cabbage for up to one year.
Safety tips and best practices when heading to the grocery store
HOUSTON – Trips to the grocery store have always been a family event for many people, but with the Stay Home Work Safe order, we should really only be heading out for essential items. We want to reduce the number of people in that store and practice social distancing effectively,” said Sujata. The next time you head to the grocery store or pick up food from a restaurant, Sirsat offers these tips to stay safe:Wash store-bought produce thoroughly with cool water then dry the produce with a disposable paper towel. Recommendations circulating on social media to wash produce with soap are inaccurate, and Sirsat notes that this could be harmful since soap is toxic when consumed. Watch above as Sujata gives her tips and best practices for going to the grocery store, and once you get home.
Gloves and disinfecting wipes being dumped in grocery store parking lots by customers
HOUSTON – As concerns over the new coronavirus continue to rise in the Houston area and throughout the country, grocery store shoppers are finding dozens of used gloves and disinfecting wipes dumped in store parking lots. KPRC 2 visited a H-E-B, Food Town and an International food store in southwest Houston and found the discarded personal protection equipment in every parking lot. Valdez suggests throwing them away in a trash bag since bio hazard bags aren’t available for the general public. She also suggests taking it a step further before throwing the items away. “Even using hand sanitizer on gloved hands, even doing that might be a good way to clean off the virus, get rid of the virus and dispose of the gloves that way,” Valdez said.
65-year-old man could face criminal charges for coughing and spitting on food at grocery store
A 65-year-old man was tackled by customers after coughing and spitting on produce items at a grocery store in Massachusetts, WFXT reports. Before police arrived at the Shop and Stop store in Kingston, a bystander witnessed things get violent between the individual and staff and another shopper in-store. The bystander says the man was tackled and pinned down until police arrived. According to WBZ, there is no reason to believe the man has coronavirus, police said; however, out of caution, the man was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation. The Board of Health has inspected the store and affirmed the store is safe for shoppers.”According to the reports, the man could face criminal charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery and destruction of property.
Kroger is testing one-way aisles to properly practice social distancing
In order to help enforce social distancing, Kroger is experimenting with one-way aisles at some of its stores. Dayton Daily News reports some Kroger stores are implementing one-way aisles to help lessen physical proximity among shoppers, according to officials at the Cincinnati-based Kroger Company. Despite reminders, it has been a challenge for shoppers to practice social distancing at grocery stores. Many are forgetting to keep their distance from people as they race to collect items before it’s sold out. One-way aisles and metering guided by store workers will help shoppers properly practice social distancing in-stores.
No more driving around aimlessly looking for toilet paper
HOUSTON – Since the coronavirus outbreak began, it has been difficult to find some things at grocery stores. There are empty shelves where the toilet paper used to be, no paper towels or certain food items. Their website InStok can check the inventory at stores near you like Target, WalMart, Sam’s Club and others. You just type in the item you’re looking for along with your zip code (and turn on your location on your phone) and the site will show you stores that have what you’re looking for. Still, it may be better than just driving around cold.
Grocery rules for your coronavirus lockdown: Buy beans, freeze milk, don’t hoard, and more
Just remember that there's no need to buy out the stock at your local grocery store. Chickpeas or lentils for example, can be mixed with salads and pasta dishes, or used in soups and stews. Canned, sugar-free fruits and vegetablesStocking up on canned vegetables, canned fruit and applesauce without added sugar is also wise. "Having a shelf-stable milk or plant beverage on hand isn't a bad idea if you don't want to or cannot venture out to the grocery store," Pike explained. Make the easiest stuffed grape leavesYou can still add culinary intrigue to meals with globally-inspired canned foods, such as canned stuffed grape leaves.
Here are 5 things the mayor, H-E-B, other leaders are saying about grocery stores in Houston
HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and leaders from major grocery store chains held a news conference Monday to give updates on how they are handling the COVID-19 health crisis. Here are the top takeaways:Grocery stores in Houston are not shutting downTurned addressed the rumors that stores would be shutting down. He made it clear that local grocery stores will be remaining open and are, in fact, hiring. “Regardless of what the CDC announcement (to not have gatherings of 50 or more), grocery stores are not shutting down,” Turner said. “We will not close down.”Due to increased demand, grocery stores are hiringMcClelland, Kelly and Lara all said the stores are hiring.
Highly-anticipated H-E-B to open in Meyerland next week after last store closed due to Harvey flood damage
HOUSTON – Beloved Texas grocery store chain, H-E-B is set to open its doors in Meyerland next week after the community was without an H-E-B store since 2017 following flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. The highly-anticipated two-story store in the Meyerland Plaza will open on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 4700 Beechnut Street. In October 2017, H-E-B closed the location at North Braeswood Boulevard and Chimney Rock Road after it incurred severe flood damage. The grocery store chain decided not to reopen that location. “We have always planned to continue our legacy in Meyerland and we can’t wait to open our doors next week to this very patient, resilient community.”
A grocery store where frozen foods are hot
A grocery store where frozen foods are hot The items at Babeth's Feast in Manhattan, which sells exclusively frozen food, are nothing like the TV dinners or cardboard pizza of decades past. Susan Spencer of "48 Hours" checks out the market where products range from Lobster Wellington to Duck Hot Dogs.cbsnews.com