Brothers market

Remember the days when outhouses were equipped with catalogues? One might think the public will have to revert to that practice if the coronavirus scare lingers much longer. The long stretch of shelving allocated to toilet paper was completely bare throughout the weekend at Brothers Market in Bloomfield. Owner Jay DeVries expects to limit quantities this week in an effort to better serve all customers.

Jay DeVries, one of three brothers who own Brothers Market in Bloomfield, said Friday the store is struggling to keep shelves stocked with toilet paper, bleach, Lysol, Kleenex, and other sanitizing products.

“Our warehouse is even running out,” he said. “With the coronavirus being nationwide, we just can’t get it. Our main wholesaler has had to put allocations or quantity restrictions on toilet paper, hand sanitizer, paper towels, bleach and disposable masks.”

DeVries predicts the store will be instituting allocation practices and limiting customers to certain quantities this week. “We’ll have to see what happens when the truck comes in Monday, what kind of stock we get and whether we need to allocate or not.

“We need to do our best to help as many people as possible,” he said. “There is no manual on how to handle these types of things. This is a very fluid situation.”

DeVries said his employees and staff are aware of how big this issue is, and the company is doing all it can to protect employees and customers.

Employees have checklists to follow and are constantly cleaning checkout stands, terminals, and cart areas to provide for a safe shopping experience.

“We try to do for our customers what we would do for our families,” he said.