BULLHEAD CITY — While big-box corporate stores throughout Mohave County end up with empty shelves within hours after stocking them, Jose Sanchez has experienced fewer such incidents.
That doesn’t mean his Best Buy Market Carniceria Mexico in Bullhead City hasn’t seen its share of panicked customers.
“It’s crazy sometimes,” said Sanchez, owner of the grocery on Hancock Road that’s open from 8 a.m. to about 8:30 p.m. seven days per week. “Shoppers here are buying lots of meat — beef and pork.”
Although he hasn’t needed to hire more employees within the last few weeks, Sanchez said additional deliveries have been necessary to stock popular products such as beans and rice.
“Shoppers are also buying lots of soup and pasta,” Sanchez said, noting there has been considerable foot traffic at the business recently.
In turn, the store remains open beyond its regular nightly hours as needed, he said.
“Customers come here often at night. If they’re at the door when I’m ready to close, I let them in,” added Sanchez.
At day’s end, a lot of cleaning, sweeping and mopping is necessary and done often.
Chicken is an additional luxury Carniceria Mexico has ordered more of this month, according to Sanchez. Delivery drivers and suppliers are striving to keep plenty of poultry available, along with high-demand rice and bags of beans.
“We’re in the middle of four large deliveries within two weeks,” he explained.
Which products are all but impossible to find on his shelves? Hand sanitizer and liquid soap.
“Just like those other stores,” Sanchez said while shaking his head.