Shoppers searching for much-needed items find only empty shelves

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — We’ve seen it over the past few weeks, people stocking up on water and toilet paper. On Friday, customers were waiting in long lines for food and other basic necessities.

8 News Now went to some groceries stores around the valley to see how they’re being impacted. 

The Costco at Galleria was slammed as people rushed to stock up on items like water, toilet paper, and wipes. Shoppers told 8 News Now Costco employees quickly stepped in to do traffic control and direct people around the store. 

“The ladies that normally give you all the samples, they’re instead wiping down tables or handing down the hand wipes to wipe the cart handles down,” said shopper Norm Rooker.

Above are some viewer pictures of long lines in stores across the Las Vegas Valley.

Rooker also told 8 News Now some shoppers were visibly frustrated at the crowds, but most were being polite and helping each other. 

Smith’s announced Friday that it will be reducing its hours to 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. because of the coronavirus concerns.

Smith’s is also one of many stores that is limiting the amount of cold, flu, and sanitary items shoppers can buy at a time. This allows their suppliers to ship more items in a timely manner. 

Some shoppers told 8 News Now they went to the store to do a normal shop, but couldn’t find any of the items they needed. 

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