Blizzard Halts Deliveries to C-Stores in Midwest

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Blizzard Halts Deliveries to C-Stores in Midwest

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Convenience stores and other retailers struggled to keep shelves stocked as heavy snowstorms impeded delivery trucks from making it to stores when scheduled, reported the Des Moines Register.

Kum & Go convenience stores in the area cancelled 18 delivery routes Friday, but would still have critical supplies such as bread, milk and water, Paul Kluding, spokesman for West Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go, told the paper.

"We'll start fresh" with deliveries over the weekend, he said.

Electrical problems arose last week for other retailers battling the storm. Casey's General Stores suffered power outages from ongoing snow storms and blizzard conditions. Bill Walljasper, chief financial officer of Casey's, told the paper he expected some stores to have outages.

"We're doing everything we can to get products back in the stores," he told the paper.

Other retailers such as Patty Eckles, a grocer located in Griswold, Iowa, told the paper supplies were dwindling and had about 30 gallons of milk available to customers.

"We haven't been able to get a delivery for two days," she told the paper. "We're supposed to get another three inches of snow and the plows haven’t hit the county roads yet, so delivery trucks are having difficulty running."